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Creighton steamrolls DePaul, moves within one game of Big East lead

The Bluejays are suddenly the conference’s hottest squad.

NCAA Basketball: DePaul at Creighton Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports

Just when it looked like the Big East regular season title was approaching a lock for the Seton Hall Pirates, the Creighton Bluejays forced themselves back into the race.

Thanks to back to back Seton Hall losses and three straight Creighton wins (one of which was against Seton Hall), the Bluejays are just one game behind with five to play following their most recent victory Saturday, defeating DePaul by a 93-64 margin.

The game was never particularly close after the first few minutes, as the Bluejays came out firing, and kept it going throughout the night. Ty-Shon Alexander had 24 points, his seventh 20+ point game of the season. Alexander also had three of Creighton’s 13 threes, but it was a group effort in that department, as Marcus Zegarowski also had three, and Mitch Ballock had four.

Perhaps the most impressive thing about Creighton is how they get better as the game goes on. They scored 42 points in the first half compared to 51 in the second half, and limited DePaul to just 36 second half points.

The Blue Demons were led by Charlie Moore’s 20 points as their freefall continues. Since beating Texas Tech and improving to 9-0, DePaul has gone 4-12, including 1-11 in Big East play. It felt like progress and development was finally here for the Blue Demons, but it’s instead been the same old story.

Creighton will be back in action Tuesday night as they head to Milwaukee for a tough game against Marquette, while DePaul will host Villanova Wednesday night.