With a 73-56 road loss on Wednesday, men’s basketball four game winning streak was snapped.
Creighton had jumped into the AP Top 25 at No. 21 after a 76-61 win over No. 8 Villanova last weekend. The loss knocks the Jays to 17-6 overall and 6-4 in Big East play.
“Their shooters made shots tonight. If they shoot 60% from the 3-point line on the year like they did tonight their record wouldn’t be what it is,” coach Greg McDermott said. “They’ve struggled to shoot it and tonight they didn’t.”
The Friars made 12 3-pointers on the night, doubling Creighton’s six. Creighton shot just 22% from 3-point range and 37% from the field.
After going into halftime with a 36-32 lead, the Jays were outscored 41-20 in the second half. The Friars switched in between zone and man, stifling Creighton’s offense.
“We got stuck in the mud. [The zone] disrupted our pace some,” McDermott said. “Our numbers against the zone on the year have been really good but they weren’t tonight.”
Junior guard Ty-Shon Alexander led the Jays with 15 points on the night, hitting five of 15 field goals and going three of nine in three-pointers. Junior forward Damien Jefferson and sophomore forward Christian Bishop added 13 points a piece.
Creighton jumped out of the gate, going on a 11-0 run early in the game to grab a 19-9 lead. Providence scored the next eight points and the two teams stayed close for the remainder of the half.
In the second half, Providence went on an 11-0 run of their own to grab a 50-45 lead, and never looked back the rest of the way.
The Jays will look to rebound against St. John’s at home tomorrow.