PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- Creighton put on a shooting display for the ages, setting school and BIG EAST records for three-pointers, in a 96-68 win over fourth-ranked Villanova on Monday night.
Creighton made its first nine attempts from three-point range, had 14 triples by half, and finished 21-for-35 from downtown while winning a true road game against a ranked team for the first time 1978 and defeating a top-five team at any site for the first time since 1970. The fourth-ranked Wildcats matched the highest-ranked foe that CU has ever beaten, matching a 1963 win over No. 4 Arizona State.
Creighton came out at a torrid pace, making its first seven shots, all from three-point range, to build a 21-5 lead on the Wildcats. Ethan Wragge then continued his barrage, making two more treys as the Jays started 9-for-9 from deep with Wragge contributing seven of those in just over six minutes.
As the Jays counted by three's, the Bluejay lead multiplied quickly. The margin reached 20 at 32-12 on a two-pointer from Doug McDermott with 11:50 left in the first half, and CU's lead grew as large as 47-19 with 7:12 left in the first period after a trey from Isaiah Zierden.
'Nova rallied, putting together a 13-0 run to draw within 47-32 with 3:42 left. The Wildcats got within 13 points on two occasions before Creighton took a 54-41 lead into the locker room.
Wragge had a career-high 24 points by halftime, sinking eight trifectas, while McDermott added 10 points and three assists. Villanova was led by 10 points from Darrun Hilliard and nine by JayVaughn Pinkston.
Creighton went inside a bit more in the second half as the lead dipped to 13 (56-43) before another Bluejay charge sparked by its senior class. McDermott, Jahenns Manigat each scored before the ninth Wragge bomb of the night made it 68-45 and forced a VU timeout. The nine three-pointers from Wragge tied Creighton's single-game mark held by Kyle Korver in 2003.
The lead eventually reached 41 (92-51), leaving the Wells Fargo Center crowd in disbelief after CU opened the second half with a 36-9 run.
Creighton's point total and three-pointers made were the most ever allowed by Villanova at Wells Fargo Center, and Wragge's nine treys were also the most ever against 'Nova at any site.
Wragge's 27 points were a career-high, as were the 19 from Manigat. McDermott added 23 points on 8-fo-13 shooting. In addition, Austin Chatman dished 10 assists and had 25 helpers on 33 hoops.
'Nova was led by 19 points by James Bell, 10 from JayVaughn Pinkston and 10 by Darrun Hilliard.
Creighton returns home to host Georgetown on Saturday at 7:02 pm in a game that will air on FOX Sports 1. Fans are encouraged to wear pink as part of the school's Creighton vs. Cancer campaign.
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