Creighton pulled off an 87-82 victory over No. 10 Seton Hall Wednesday night as they traveled to the Pirates home court in New Jersey.
The win pushes the Jays to a 19-6 record overall and keeps them at second in conference standings at 8-4, trailing only the Pirates. This was the team’s second top-10 road win of the season—the first time in program history Creighton has completed the task.
To complete the win the Bluejays saw five players in double digits including four tallying 18 a piece in the victory.
The momentum started in the first half as the Bluejays had their first big run of the contest scoring 11 unanswered points with under eight minutes to go which included three 3-pointers from junior guard Ty-Shon Alexander.
Alexander ended the game with 18 points and three rebounds. But the game was mainly back and forth with 10 lead changes in the first 20 minutes of action.
Sophomore guard Marcus Zegarowski ended the first 20 minutes with a jumper at the buzzer to send his team into the locker room with a 41-39 lead.
Zegarowski notched 18 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists as he led the team in 39 minutes of play.
It was a similar story in the second half with the same back and forth before Seton Hall built momentum with a 7-0 run with less than nine minutes to go in the game, but the Jays responded with a 9-0 one of their own to take back the lead, which they never lost.
Despite Seton Hall cutting the margin to just one, Creighton built back a comfortable lead with a 3-point shot from junior Denzel Mahoney with 1:06 remaining. From there the Jays took advantage of the Pirates’ foul trouble in the half as they went 17 of 18 from the free throw line, nine of them coming in the last minute of play.
One key to the game was the Jays ability to shut down Seton Hall’s leading scorer and Player of the Year contender Myles Powell. The defense held him to only 12 points on the evening as he went just 1 for 11 from the 3-point line. Powell’s led his team this season with 21.9 points per game.
The Jays look to continue their win streak as they face Big East foe DePaul at home on Saturday.