After a rough several days for the Creighton men’s basketball team, the Bluejays got just what they needed on Senior Night, blowing out the Butler Bulldogs SCORE. Without head coach Greg McDermott, the Jays were able to put the game out of reach with enough time remaining to sub out all their seniors to ovations from the limited home crowd.
Creighton had one of its best offensive games of the year, overwhelming the Bulldogs with transition offense and three-point shooting. Butler, playing without Aaron Thompson, Bo Hodges, and Bryce Nze (who was injured early in the first half), was no match for the 14th-ranked Jays.
Marcus Zegarowski led the way, tying his career high with 32 points. Denzel Mahoney chipped in 15 and Christian Bishop posted a double-double. For the Bulldogs, Chuck Harris led the scoring effort with 29 points, a career high. for the freshman.
Though Butler isn’t the most formidable of BIG EAST opponents, this win for the Jays may be much bigger than meets the eye. Creighton came in having lost two straight games and facing questions about postseason preparedness. Nothing could have been better than a dominating win where Zegarowski played like a superstar.
Creighton has locked up the #2 spot in BIG EAST tournament seeding, while Butler will be either #8 or #9 depending on what happens between Marquette and Xavier.
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