Creighton knocks out Providence in Big East quarterfinal

Cheryl Sanders
March 11, 2017

"It's tough", Xavier coach Chris Mack said of Creighton's 3-point barrage.

The moment is finally here peeps, Villanova Wildcats (30-3) takes on Creighton Bluejays (25-8) in the Big East championship game tonight at 5:30 PM EST in the greatest arena in the world-'Madison Square Garden" in the greatest city in the world- "New York'. "We've been through a lot the last five or six weeks and for us to be sitting on the stage getting ready to play tomorrow night is a credit to the character of the people I have in that locker room". Villanova pulled away in the second half for a 79-63 on February 25 in the final regular season contest at the Pavilion before it closes for a renovation that will take it off line for the 2017-18 season.

"Jalen and Josh just individually made great plays", Wright said (h/t Bob Ford of This will be the second trip to the championship game, which is a credit to the people in the locker room, staff and players.

Foster and Justin Patton each had 21 points for Creighton, which hit 13 of 20 from long range, including seven straight in one stretch bridging the first and second halves. The game was nip-and-tuck in the closing minutes and Seton Hall held a 53-52 lead as the Cats crossed half-court with the ball and only 17.0 seconds remaining to "flip the script" ... "We decided not to take a timeout and get the ball in our best players' hands".

Mack believes his team has earned an NCAA berth. But so did nine other teams. Macura leads in steals with 1.5 per game. The Bluejays led by as much as 10 before the Friars started chipping at the lead and got within 56-50 at the 5:49 mark. The Bluejays retook the lead at 64-62 on a Patton lay-in, only to have Macura answer with his sixth trey of the evening to put the Musketeers up one with 4:14 to play.

The Bluejays went 13-for-20 from outside the arc, including two from Foster in the final 2:15. Following on the heels of a Villanova/Seton Hall game that came down to the final possession, the undercard did not disappoint. When Cartwright converted a pullup jumper in the lane with just under two seconds left, Providence took a 30-27 lead to the locker room.

Xavier: The Musketeers had No. 1 fan Bill Murray behind the bench cheering them on the whole way. Defensively, Creighton is allowing 72.9 points per game against the opposing teams.

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