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Creighton men romp over No. 4 Villanova

Visiting Creighton set a school record with 21 three-pointers in a 96-68 victory over No. 4 Villanova.


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PHILADELPHIA – Ethan Wragge let the threes fly, and helped the records fall.

Wragge tied a school record with nine three-pointers for all 27 of his points, Doug McDermott made five threes and scored 23 points, and Creighton set a school mark with 21 three-pointers in a 96-68 victory over No. 4 Villanova on Monday night.

Wragge only surprised Villanova, not teammates.

“I’ve seen him shoot better in practice,” McDermott said. “I’ve seen him hit 11 or 12 threes in an open gym, that’s normal. So not a lot of us are shocked. The outside world, everyone’s kind of shocked. But that’s just another day at the office for Ethan.”

The Bluejays (16-3 overall, 6-1 Big East Conference) surpassed the school record of 20 threes set in 2005 against Chattanooga.

Creighton, in its first season in the Big East, set a conference record for most threes in a game and beat a top-five team for the first time since 1970.

“When you let a team that’s a good shooting team get hot,” Villanova coach Jay Wright said, “you’re in trouble.”

The Bluejays made their first nine threes and never looked back against Villanova (16-2, 5-1), which was a five-point favorite.

Creighton attempted 35 three-point shots.

Other Top 10 men

At No. 8 Kansas 78, No. 24 Baylor 68

Freshman Andrew Wiggins scored 17 points to help the Jayhawks (14-4, 5-0 Big 12) defeat the Bears (13-5, 1-4).

Wiggins was 10 of 12 from the free-throw line, and Kansas was 27 of 29 from the line as a team.

Top 5 women

No. 2 Notre Dame 86, at No. 11 Tennessee 70

Kayla McBride scored 22 points to lead the Fighting Irish (17-0) past the Vols (14-4).

Since losing the first 20 games in this series, Notre Dame has beaten Tennessee four consecutive years — by an average margin of 17 points.

Meighan Simmons had 23 points for the Vols.

Notes

• Gonzaga’s women are No. 25 in the Associated Press media poll, returning to the Top 25 after a three-week absence.

• The Gonzaga men aren’t in the AP Top 25, but they improved from 24th to 21st in the USA Today coaches poll.



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