Creighton 96, No. 4 Villanova 68
Ethan Wragge tied a school record with nine 3-pointers for all 27 points, Doug McDermott hit five 3s and scored 23 points, and visiting Creighton set a team record with 21 3-pointers in a victory over Villanova on Monday night.
The Bluejays (16-3, 6-1 Big East) topped the school record of 20 3s set in 2005 against Chattanooga. Kyle Korver hit nine 3s against Evansville on Jan. 15, 2003. The Bluejays set a Big East record for most 3s in a game.
They hit their first nine 3s against Villanova (16-2, 5-1) which had romped its way toward its highest ranking in four years. They made 21-of-35 3-pointers and led by as many 40 points. Wragge hit eight 3s in the first half, and Creighton built a 28-point lead.
Wragge tied Korver’s record with his ninth 3-pointer with 13:59 left for a 68-45 lead. McDermott followed with his third 3 and Austin Chatman hit one the next time down for the stunning 29-point lead. Creighton’s first win this season against a ranked team was a mere formality.
The Bluejays refused to slow down from 3-point range, with McDermott’s fourth 3 extending the lead to 30 and making them 19-for-31.
Creighton had 19 3s at the same time Villanova had 16 total field goals. Jahenns Manigat hit Creighton’s record 21st 3-pointer to make it 88-50 with 7:33 left.