No. 23 Creighton dominates DePaul with hot shooting, 93-58

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Creighton shot the lights out Saturday to defeat DePaul 93-58.

The Bluejays shot an impressive 60% from the field in the first half and carried their hot hand over into the second half shooting 61% from the field for the game.

“We executed our game plan defensively and offensively,” said Creighton coach Greg McDermott. “Having 24 assists on 34 made field goals is the type of basketball I like to see.”

A Cole Huff 3-pointer gave No. 23 Creighton (21-4, 8-4 Big East) momentum heading into the locker room at the half with a 39-26 lead. Then coming out the gate for the second half, the Bluejays expanded their lead, using a 14-0 run and never looked back.

“They played with a sense of urgency,” said DePaul coach Dave Leitao. “They played crisp. They made inside passes, and went on fast breaks when they had the opportunity.”

The Bluejays scored 28 points inside and 26 points off 18 Blue Demon turnovers. Creighton had 10 players enter the scoring column and five reach double figures with 7-foot freshman Justin Patton leading the way. Patton had a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds, a career-high on the glass.

Floor general Marcus Foster had a tremendous performance including 13 points and a one-handed ferocious slam at the 15:25 mark in the second half to give Creighton a 53-32 lead.

Creighton also received 37 points from their bench led by Toby Hegner, who had 14 points. Twelve of those buckets came from downtown.

For the Blue Demons they finished the game shooting 30% from the field but held their own on the glass, only being out-rebounded 35-31. DePaul did, however, have 12 offensive rebounds which they turned into nine second-chance points.

DePaul (8-17, 1-11) was led by Chris Harrison-Docks’ 15 points and Tre’Darius McCallum’s 11 points.

Looking ahead for the Blue Demons, they welcome defending NCAA Champion Villanova to town on Monday.

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