Creighton Dominates Butler, Leads To Best Start In History

Watson's 21 leads Creighton to a victory in a top 15 showdown against Butler

Bob Killgore, Posters Editor

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Two of the best teams in the country met in Centurylink Center last Wednesday. #12 Butler was looking to keep its momentum going against wins over Villanova and Georgetown, while #8 Creighton was looking to win their third straight game. This game was expected to be close, but Creighton’s dominant first half gave them the big lead early and they never looked back.

Creighton’s first half was about as perfect as you will ever see in a college basketball game. The Bluejays shot a whooping 60 percent from the field and 42.9 percent from three point range. They also had 11 assists in this half, while the Bulldogs had only 4. Creighton led 47-27 by the time the first half ended. Maurice Watson led the charge for Creighton in the half, scoring a team high 9 points, 6 assists, and 3 rebounds. Watson’s final numbers were a game high 21 points, 8 assists, and 4 rebounds. “We start every game saying we want to come out and cook every team,” Watson said according to ESPN after the game. “We have that fire in us and that pride, turning us into dogs. That’s what you’ve got to be when you want to be the top team in a conference like the Big East.”, Watson continued.

Everything that could have gone wrong for Butler in the first half did. The Bulldogs shot 12-35 in the field in the half, a weak 34.3 percent. They also went 2-11 from three point range, a woeful 18.2 percent. Creighton held the Bulldog’s leading scorer, Kelan Martin, to 0 points in the first half, where he shot 0-8 from the field. Martin finished with 7 points and was 3-14 from the field. He has shot a measly 28 percent in Big East play, and continued to struggle tonight from the field. “Kelan has struggled a little bit in league play,” Butler head coach Chris Holtmann said according to ESPN. “We’ve got to work hard to get Kelan playing better on both ends.” With Martin and the rest of the Bulldogs struggled in the field, Butler was down by 20 at half and never recovered.

Creighton’s win was important to them for two reasons: it pushed them to 4-1 in conference play and they jumped to a first place tie in the Big East with Villanova. Their win also proved that they belong in the top ten, beating a team that has already beat #3 Villanova. They needed a marquee win to show that they belong with the top teams in college basketball, and they got it on Wednesday with a victory over the #12 team in the country. This will open eyes of college basketball fans and teams all around the country.

Bob Killgore - Sports Editor

Bob joined The Flightline in January of 2016. His interests include cross country and track. He enjoys watching MLB baseball and his favorite baseball team is the Arizona Diamondbacks. You can email him at [email protected]