There were simultaneous upsets in the land of the Big East on Wednesday. While St. John’s dumptrucked the Villanova Wildcats, the Georgetown Hoyas dealt a big blow to the Creighton Bluejays.
Creighton led the way 13-10 in the early goings of the game. But that would be their largest lead of the entire game. The Hoyas wrestled the advantage away from them and grounded and pounded away at the Bluejays from there. Georgetown rained down buckets and took a 44-39 lead into the halftime period. While the Hoyas were outscored 15-13 in the first 1 minutes, they erupted for 29 points in the final 10 to Creighton’s 25. In the end, they won 86-79, scoring a massive upset victory in the process (Georgetown was +900 to win on the ML. Grats if you pulled that one off).
Jahvon Blair led the charge for the Hoyas. The senior guard scored 22 points in 39 minutes of action and made five 3-pointers along the way. He contributed half of the Hoyas’ output from deep, as they went 10-for-21 from the perimeter. Jamorko pickett picked up four 3-pointers on the night to finish with 16 points himself. The other 3-pointer went to Donald Carey, as the Hoyas certainly made an impact from deep.
Chudier Bile and Qudus Wahab joined Blair and Pickett in double figures. Bile and Wahab chipped in 17 and 12 points, some of their best offensive outputs of the season. On the whole, Georgetown shot the ball very well. They shot exactly 50 percent from the floor on 58 attempts, and went 18-for-24 on free throws.
Creighton didn’t shoot the ball particularly poorly themselves. They, like the Hoyas, made 10 3-pointers and shot 38.5 percent from deep. Those aren’t bad numbers by any means, they were just cooked by even higher numbers from their adversary. They also shot 54.8 percent on the interior, better than Georgetown’s 51.4 percent. So what did Creighton in? Defense of course, but turnovers also. They committed 15 of them on the night, and while Georgetown themselves committed 13, the defensive lapses doomed the Bluejays in the end.
Georgetown next plays on Sunday against the Villanova Wildcats. Creighton, meanwhile, will next play against, you guessed it, Georgetown this coming Tuesday.