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Creighton Finishes Strong, Knocks off No. 9 Villanova 79-59 | Sports News

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By ERIC OLSON, AP Sports Writer

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Ryan Hawkins scored 19 factors to guide 4 gamers in double figures, and Creighton closed with a flurry in a 79-59 victory over No. 9 Villanova within the Big East opener for each groups on Friday evening.

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The Bluejays (9-3) noticed their double-digit lead get lower to 58-54 with 8 1/2 minutes left, however the Wildcats (7-4) missed their final 12 pictures from the sector and have been outscored 21-5 the remainder of the way in which.

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Ryan Nembhard had 11 of his 14 factors within the second half because the Bluejays knocked off a second ranked opponent in seven days. Alex O’Connell added 12 factors and Trey Alexander had 10 for Creighton.

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Collin Gillespie scored 16 factors and Eric Dixon had a career-high 15 for the defending convention champion Wildcats, who shot simply 33%.

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Ryan Kalkbrenner, the Bluejays’ 7-footer, had 9 rebounds to go together with his eight factors, and he had 4 of his 5 blocks within the second half.

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Villanova misplaced back-to-back regular-season video games for the primary time since February 2020.

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There have been 10 lead modifications and two ties earlier than Creighton received on a roll late within the first half. The Bluejays made 5 straight pictures throughout a 15-5 spurt. Hawkins scored eight factors in two minutes and Nembhard made a 3 from the wing to place Creighton up 35-26.

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Creighton: The Bluejays are solely the fourth Villanova opponent to attain greater than 60 factors. They picked up their sixth win towards ‘Nova since 2013-14, most of any Wildcat opponent over that span.

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Villanova: The Wildcats proceed to battle offensively. They had bother coping with top-ranked Baylor’s trapping protection in a 57-36 loss on Sunday. The offensive struggles have been extra self-inflicted this time. They by no means discovered a rhythm and went a season-worst 4 of 23 on 3s.

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Villanova: Hosts Xavier on Tuesday.

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Creighton: Visits DePaul on Monday.

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More AP school basketball: https://apnews.com/hub/college-basketball and https://apnews.com/hub/ap-top-25-college-basketball-poll and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25

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