- Ben Hall
Creighton bounces back from consecutive losses in ranked clash against Connecticut
On Wednesday, the Blue Jays fell to Providence at home. It was the first game back for Marcus Zegarowski who was out two weeks with a hamstring injury. Heading into Saturday, Creighton needed to get back on track against #23 Connecticut.
Early on the Blue Jays were controlling the game. They had a double-digit lead throughout most of the first half. However, the Huskies went on a late run and were able to cut the deficit to one at the half. After being down 25-15 with just 4:07 left in the half, the Huskies went on a 13-4 run to make it a 29-28 game at halftime.
Zegarowski had a quiet first half, however Denzel Mahoney came along for the Blue Jays. Mahoney scored 10 points and went 2-5 from beyond the arc. It seemed like Mahoney was a bit too much for the Huskies to stop on defense.
In the second half, we saw the opposite of the first half. The Huskies were able to keep the game close for awhile. With 8:58 left in the game, R.J. Cole made a jump-shot to cut the lead to two with nine minutes to go in the game. However, that was the closest the Huskies were able to get. In the following three minutes, the Blue Jays were able to go on a 10-0 run giving them a 62-50 lead with just under six minute left.
Mahoney had continued success in the second half where he scored 10 points as well. However, Zegarowski really stepped his game up in the second half. In the final 12 minutes of the game, Zegarowski scored 10 points including a three-pointer with 6:30 left which seemed to be the dagger.
Down the stretch, the Blue Jays were able to make some free throws to put the game out of reach giving the Huskies their second straight loss. This ended a two game losing streak for the Blue Jays. Following back to back tough losses, this win was needed for the Blue Jays.
Next for the Blue Jays, on Wednesday, they will travel to New Jersey to take on the Seton Hall Pirates, who are a half game behind them in the Big East standings. The Huskies will return home to face Butler on Tuesday.