Big East Men’s Basketball


OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Arthur Kamula scored 20 points, Creighton's four other starters finished in double-figures and the Bluejays toppled No. 13 Xavier on Saturday for their fourth straight Big East win.

Creighton (13-8, 7-3) steadily built a double-digit lead throughout the game and made 34 of its 60 field goal attempts (56.7%) before a sold-out crowd.

Ryan Kalkbrenner scored 17 points, Baylor Scheierman had 14, Trey Alexander finished with 13 and Ryan Nembhard added 11 for the Bluejays, who avenged a 90-87 loss at Xavier on Jan. 11.

Zach Freemantle led Xavier (17-5, 9-2) with 18 points, followed by Colby Jones and Adam Kunkel with 13.

Creighton went on a 10-2 run just before halftime for a 42-28 lead. The Musketeers threatened in the second half with an 11-3 run to get within 55-49 with a 3-pointer by Kunkel.

Creighton responded with its biggest offensive burst of the game, outscoring Xavier 19-8 in fewer than six minutes to take a 74-57 lead.


CHICAGO (AP) — David Joplin went 8 for 11 from 3-point range for a career-high 28 points, Tyler Kolek had a double-double and No. 16 Marquette defeated DePaul.

Marquette has won eight of its last nine games, and moved into a tie with No. 13 Xavier atop the Big East.

Marquette (17-5, 9-2 Big East) pulled away in the second half. Oso Ighodaro's basket started an 11-0 run and Joplin followed with three consecutive 3s to extend the lead to 50-38 with 14:30 left.

Ighodaro finished with 10 points, making all five of his shots, Olivier-Maxence Prosper scored 13 and had 8 rebounds, and Kolek had 24 points, 10 assists and 9 rebounds.

Umoja Gibson scored 25 points for DePaul (9-13, 3-8) on 8-of-12 shooting.

Marquette leading scorer Kam Jones appeared to injure his right side during the game. He was checked on by a team trainer and returned, but was grimacing on the court. He played limited minutes and was held to seven points.


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Dre Davis scored 15 points off of the bench to help lead Seton Hall past Butler.

Davis was 5 of 8 shooting (3 for 3 from distance) for the Pirates (13-9, 6-5 Big East Conference). Al-Amir Dawes was 4 of 10 shooting (3 for 8 from distance) to add 11 points. Kadary Richmond recorded 10 points and shot 5 of 7 from the field.

Simas Lukosius led the Bulldogs (11-12, 3-9) in scoring, finishing with 11 points. Jalen Thomas added 10 points, eight rebounds and three blocks for Butler. Manny Bates had six points and two blocks.

Seton Hall took the lead with 16:44 remaining in the first half and did not relinquish it. The score was 38-18 at halftime, with Richmond racking up eight points. Seton Hall pulled away with a 7-0 run in the second half to extend a 20-point lead to 27 points. Dawes led the way with a team-high eight second-half points.


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