“Villanova has become a Fortune 500 company” - Jon Rothstein
The Villanova Wildcats have been on a tear recently, notching their 8th win since their road loss to Butler. This time, knocking off Creighton 98-78 at Wells Fargo Center. During this stretch of games, they’ve had five 20-point victories, including this one over Creighton. Villanova and Creighton started out the game neck and neck, and by the 10 minute mark in the first half, the score was 20-18 with Villanova having the small lead. Villanova then unloaded on Creighton, opening them up with a 20-4 run. By the end of the half, Villanova led Creighton 49-34. From there, it was all Villanova, and as a team shot 54% from the floor. what they did on defense was truly amazing, holding Creighton to 33% shooting from behind the arc.
Mikal Bridges led the charge for the Wildcats, racking up 21 points. Jalen Brunson also had a stellar game with 19 points, four rebounds and four assists. All starters were in double figures, with Collin Gillespie adding eight points off the bench. The Wildcats really dictated the pace of play, scoring at will. On defense, their ability to contest shots kept Creighton’s hot shooters at bay.
For Creighton, Marcus Foster was one of the bright spots pouring 20 points on 50% shooting. Khryi Thomas chipped in 12 himself, and Kaleb Joseph had great day at the foul line going 8-8. Creighton is still trying to find themselves after losing Martin Krampelj for the season.
Creighton will look to move pass this loss as they continue this road trip, with next stop at DePaul.
Villanova is continuing their homestand, facing Seton Hall next.