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Creighton defeats Kennesaw State to improve to 3-0

There was no question how this one would go.

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For the first time since the 2017-18 season, the Creighton Bluejays are 3-0.

Creighton picked up their third win of the season Friday afternoon in Omaha, defeating the Kennesaw State Owls by a 93-58 margin.

Creighton handily defeating one of the nation’s worst teams isn’t a surprise. What was a bit of a surprise was how Creighton got its points. Of the team’s 93 points, 50 came in the paint, while just 21 came from beyond the arc. It’s unlike any Creighton game we’ve seen in a while, and a big part of that is because seven-foot freshman Ryan Kalkbrenner has become an unstoppable force in the paint. Kalkbrenner had 14 points on 7-8 shooting, all of which came right around the basket. Marcus Zegarowski, Damien Jefferson, and Christian Bishop all thrived in the paint as well, as Kennesaw State offered little resistance down low.

Creighton’s balanced scoring effort was on display yet again, as well. All four players mentioned above had at least 10 points, along with Shereef Mitchell (11) and Mitch Ballock (10). A staggering 41 of Creighton’s 93 points came from their bench, a testament to how deep the Bluejays are.

The Bluejays remained sharp on defense, as well, forcing 14 Kennesaw State turnovers and turning them into 24 points.

Alex Peterson led Kennesaw State with 14 points.

Creighton returns to action Tuesday evening when they face the Kansas Jayhawks at Phog Allen Fieldhouse.