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Ryan Kalkbrenner scores 28, No. 19 Creighton snaps skid with 78-71 win at Xavier

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Ryan Kalkbrenner scores 28, No. 19 Creighton snaps skid with 78-71 win at Xavier

Ryan Kalkbrenner scored 28 points to lead No. 19 Creighton over Xavier 78-71 on Saturday.

Baylor Scheierman scored 16 points for the Bluejays (17-7, 8-5 Big East), who avoided their first three-game Big East losing streak since 2019.

It was a missed opportunity for the Musketeers (13-11, 7-6), who had won three straight games to revive their NCAA Tournament hopes.

Desmond Claude scored 22 points and Dayvion McKnight had 21 points for Xavier.

Creighton missed its first eight 3-point attempts, but finished the first half on a 12-2 run and led by nine points at halftime. Kalkbrenner had 14 points in the half. Creighton finished the game 7-of-28 on 3’s.

The Musketeers went scoreless for the final three minutes of the first half. That drought continued until Quincy Olivari hit a 3-pointer with 18:11 left in the second.

Since the teams joined the Big East in 2013, 18 of their 26 meetings have been decided by eight points or less with two games going to overtime.

Kalkbrenner’s dunk made the score 66-46 with 9:13 left.

The Musketeers trimmed the deficit to five on McKnight’s layup with 1:16 left, but Creighton held on.

BIG PICTURE:

Creighton: Steven Ashworth has eight straight games with 10 or more points, including 20 or more in the past two. Ashworth scored 12 on Saturday.

Xavier: Xavier is ranked second in the Big East and fourth nationally in fast-break points, but Creighton limited the speedy Musketeers to 15 fast-break points on Saturday.

No. 19 Creighton vs. Xavier Highlights

UP NEXT

Creighton: Hosts Georgetown on Tuesday night.

Xavier: Visits Seton Hall on Wednesday night.

Reporting by The Associated Press.

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