Creighton soared back home and dealt DePaul a hearty 77-53 defeat on Wednesday night.
The win, Creighton’s fourth in a row, props them up to 17-5 on the season and 13-4 in Big East play. They remain players for a share of the Big East regular season championship, and a heavy-hitter matchup between Creighton and the Villanova Wildcats now looms awfully large next Wednesday.
The teams traded blows in the opening moments, and it was DePaul who jumped out to a very early eight-point advantage. But Creighton would eventually storm back and took the lead with 6:40 to go in the first half. From there, Creighton would use a barrage of buckets from all areas of the floor to bring the lead up to as large as 13 points. They took an 11-point advantage into the break, and that lead only got bigger as time progressed.
The Jays led by as many as 30 points in the second half, as DePaul just couldn’t do anything to stop the Bluejay attack. Creighton kept the foot on the gas throughout the second half, and eventually walked away with the 24-point result and another tally in the ever-expanding win column.
Four players were in double figures for the Jays, as Marcus Zegarowski, Christian Bishop and Denzel Mahoney each scored 13 points. Alex O’Connell rounded that quartet out with 10 points of his own, and Damien Jefferson, Ryan Kalkbrenner came just one point shy, each finishing with nine points on the night.
DePaul finished with no players in double figures. Charlie Moore and Romeo Weems each had nine points and Courvoisier McCauley ended with seven points. There was little that the Blue Demons could do on either end of the floor, as they were outmatched and overpowered in Omaha.
Prior to that above-mentioned matchup with Villanova next week, Creighton will first tackle Xavier on Saturday. DePaul, meanwhile, will pick up the pieces and face Georgetown on Saturday.