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Creighton stomps Butler for fifth straight victory

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The Bluejays have looked like one of the nation’s best teams over the past month, and that continued Sunday.

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

The Creighton Bluejays had quite a week.

After climbing to #15 in last Monday’s AP Poll, Creighton’s highest ranking in over three years, the Bluejays put themselves in a position to climb even higher in this week’s poll after a 73-65 win over #19 Marquette, and Sunday’s 81-59 drubbing of #21 Butler.

The Bluejays showed Butler the exact type of game it would be from the jump, as Creighton won the tip and opened the scoring with a Mitch Ballock three-pointer to take the lead, which they would hold for the remainder of the contest.

By the time the half rolled around, Creighton had a 40-21 lead behind ten three pointers. Five of the ten threes came from Marcus Zegarowski, who tied a Big East record by shooting a perfect 7-7 from long range in the game. Seven threes also marks a new career-high for the sophomore guard, who is now up to .400 from deep this season, just a touch under last season’s .406

The thing that has made Creighton so dangerous of late has been their depth, and that was on display again Sunday. Zegarowski took the reins as leading scorer, Ty-Shon Alexander chipped in 15 points of his own, while Christian Bishop had a career-high 19 to go along with a team-high seven rebounds and six assists.

In addition to Creighton’s continued bombardment, the story of the second half revolved around injuries to Butler’s guards. Kamar Baldwin, the Bulldogs’ leading scorer this season, left the game near the end of the first half with what appeared to be an ankle injury and didn’t return. Near the end of the game, guard Aaron Thompson fell on his previously-injured wrist and appeared to be shaken up, though he remained in the game. Henry Baddley led the Bulldogs with 13 points in the game.

While Butler eventually cut into the lead a bit, Creighton led by 35 points with 10 minutes to play, 70-35. Doubling up a ranked team is absurd, but it’s just starting to feel like one of those magical years for the Bluejays. Creighton will return to action Sunday when they head to Queens to face St. John’s. Butler will return to action Saturday, hosting DePaul.