Creighton used a tremendous second half performance to blow out St. John’s on Thursday night.
With the Red Storm playing host to the Bluejays in Queens, Creighton took what they wanted from the Johnnies and then some. After playing a little sluggishly in the first 20 minutes, the Bluejays were anything but in the back half of the game. The Jays shot 68.8 percent (22-32 FG) from the field and 75 percent (6-8 3PT FG) from deep to soar to a 94-76 win.
St. John’s just could not keep up with the Bluejay effort in the second half. They by contrast shot 47.2 percent and 54.5 percent from deep on 11 tries. By all means, that’s not a terrible showing. But the fact is that they were just outpaced in massive fashion by the visiting team. It was a tough pill to swallow for St. John’s, who in turn are now 0-3 in Big East play. Creighton, on the other hand, propped themselves up to 1-1 after eating a loss to Marquette earlier int he week.
Marcus Zegarowski and Ryan Kalkbrenner led the charge in the second half sprint. Zegarowskii and Kalkbrenner scored 12 and 11 points respectively while shooting 9-for-14 from the field. Zegarowski, the Preseason Big East Player of the Year, was also a perfect 4-for-4 from the perimeter. He finished with a game-high 20 points, while Kalkbrenner finished with 15. They were two of five double-figure scores the Jays had, as Denzel Mahoney (16), Christian Bishop (11) and Damien Jefferson (10) joined them in that company.
St. John’s lost despite having four players get into double figurers. Spearheading the Johnnies was Julian Champagnie, who scored a team-best 17 points. Posh Alexander added 13 points, while Dylan Addae-Wusu chipped in 12 off the bench. Lastly, Rasheem Dunn scored 10 points on the night.
Creighton is currently scheduled to play UConn on Sunday, while St. John’s aims for their first win against Georgetown on Sunday, as well.