MBB Minute: Bluejays, Red Storm Seize Sunday

Creighton regained sole possession of first place in the BIG EAST on Sunday.

Creighton regained sole possession of first place in the BIG EAST on Sunday.

Feb. 17, 2014

Creighton took over first place in the BIG EAST from Villanova Sunday with their second sizable victory over the No. 6/6 Wildcats this season. The Bluejays won 101-80 behind Doug McDermott’s 39 points. The senior shot 13-of-17 from the floor which included 4-of-6 from 3-point range. In the process, he passed Larry Bird to move into 13th place on the NCAA’s all-time scoring list with 2,863 points.

The Bluejays are 11-2 in the BIG EAST, a half-game ahead of the Wildcats, who are 10-2. Villanova was led by James Bell’s 18 points.

In a battle of teams with four-game winning streaks and 6-6 BIG EAST marks, it was St. John’s who can talk about a five-game streak after an 82-60 win over Georgetown at Madison Square Garden.

The Red Storm scored the first 15 points of the game. The backcourt of D’Angelo Harrison and Rysheed Jordan scored 24 points each. St. John’s shot 68 percent from the field in the first half while building a 46-28 lead at the break.

The Hoyas were able to cut the deficit to seven points with 10:47 left, but were not able to get closer. D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera scored a team-high 15 points.

St. John’s has won seven of its last eight BIG EAST contests.

There are no BIG EAST games on Monday. On Tuesday, Villanova travels to Providence and Butler plays St. John’s at Madison Square Garden.