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December 29, 1993 | By Bill O'Rear, FOR THE INQUIRER
It had to be the defense. After shooting a paltry 32.1 percent from the field in the first half, La Salle turned its attention to the defensive end of the court, clamping down on Creighton in the second half to post a 66-56, first-round victory over the Bluejays in the Big Island Invitational Tournament yesterday. Junior guard Kareem Townes led the Explorers on offense by scoring a game- high 34 points, including 20 in the second half. La Salle, coming off an 18-day layoff, struggled in the first half against the Bluejays' aggressive man-to-man defense.
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December 7, 2008 | By Kevin Tatum INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Playing on its temporary home court last night for the first time this season, St. Joseph's was nearly shot out of the Palestra before rallying and giving Creighton cause to wonder whether it would leave with a win after all. Before the Bluejays claimed a 69-58 nonleague victory, St. Joe's had cut a 19-point deficit with less than eight minutes remaining to six points with 1 minute, 7 seconds to play. That was, however, as close as the Hawks came. With Creighton guard Booker Woodfox setting the pace by making 7 of 9 long-range attempts on his way to a career high of 29 points, the Bluejays set season highs in three-point attempts with 28 and in three-point baskets with 13. "Ah, man, they shot the ball extremely well," said Hawks guard Darrin Govens (13 points)
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February 18, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
OMAHA, Neb. - After Creighton clobbered his team by 28 points last month at the Wells Fargo Center, Villanova coach Jay Wright came up with a strategy for Sunday that would cut down on the Bluejays' three-point shooting and still try to keep Doug McDermott from going off. Following a painful afternoon in front of a raucous sellout crowd at CenturyLink Center, it's back to the drawing board for Wright and the Wildcats, especially if they see Creighton...
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December 2, 2012 | By Steve Pivovar, FOR THE INQUIRER
OMAHA, Neb. - St. Joseph's coach Phil Martelli respectfully refers to Creighton's Doug McDermott as a "poor-man's Larry Bird. " The way McDermott and his teammates played Saturday, Martelli must have thought his Hawks were playing the poor-men's Boston Celtics. McDermott scored 23 points and the Bluejays put on a first-half clinic en route to 80-51 victory over St. Joseph's before a sellout crowd of 17,390 at the CenturyLink Center. A year ago, the Hawks upset Creighton, a ranked team then as well, at Hagan Arena.
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December 2, 2012 | By Steve Pivovar, For The Inquirer
OMAHA, Neb. - St. Joseph's coach Phil Martelli respectfully refers to Creighton's Doug McDermott as a "poor man's Larry Bird. " The way McDermott and his teammates played Saturday, Martelli must have thought his Hawks were playing the poor men's Boston Celtics. McDermott scored 23 points, and the No. 11 Bluejays put on a first-half clinic en route to 80-51 victory over St. Joseph's before a sellout crowd of 17,390 at the CenturyLink Center. A year ago, the Hawks upset Creighton, a ranked team then as well, at Hagan Arena.
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February 19, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Jay Wright's mantra at Villanova always is "next game," and maybe that's a good thing for the Wildcats, to put another gruesome loss against Creighton in the rearview mirror. The Cats take on Providence on Tuesday night at the Dunkin Donuts Center in their third consecutive road game. It comes two days after a 101-80 pounding at the hands of the Bluejays, who rose to 11th in the latest AP Top 25 on Monday while the Wildcats slipped from sixth to ninth. While it's doubtful, there might be a part of Wright that wants to think back and try to find something – anything – that could have stopped the Bluejays in their two demolitions of the Wildcats (22-3, 10-2 Big East)
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December 10, 2007 | By STEVE PIVOVAR For the Daily News
Tasheed Carr and his Saint Joseph's teammates left the Omaha Qwest Center yesterday wondering what they must do to get over the hump. The Hawks couldn't hold a four-point lead against Creighton in the final 1 minute, 9 seconds of regulation and droped a 90-84 overtime decision to the Bluejays. The loss adds to the frustration of having potential big-game victories over Syracuse and Gonzaga slip away in the late going. "We've played three really good teams and had them beat, and then we lose," Carr said.
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March 24, 2013 | By Alex Lee, For the Daily News
In the era of the mid-major, it's no longer surprising when a star player from a tournament long shot puts his team on his back come March. In 2011, Jimmer Fredette did it. In 2008, it was Stephen Curry. With Doug McDermott, it has perhaps been even easier this year to predict who that guy will be. McDermott is Creighton's horse, and the seventh-seeded Bluejays are going to ride him as far as he will take them. The junior lived up to the hype Friday, as his Bluejays outlasted 10th-seeded Cincinnati, 67-63, at the Wells Fargo Center.
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January 22, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Creighton connected on its first seven shots - all from behind the three-point arc - in Monday night's game against Villanova, the large Wildcats contingent in the Wells Fargo Center crowd of 14,114 had to be thinking (wishing, hoping) that the Bluejays would start missing soon. The visitors rarely did. In one of the all-time shooting performances ever seen - college or pro - in the huge South Philadelphia arena, Creighton drained a Big East-record 21 three-point baskets and rolled to a 96-68 victory, the first conference loss for the fourth-ranked Wildcats.
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January 30, 2014 | The Inquirer Staff
Breanna Stewart scored a career-high 37 points, leading No. 1 Connecticut to its 28th straight win, 93-56 over Temple at McGonigle Hall on Tuesday night. The Huskies (22-0, 9-0 American Athletic) shook off a rare early challenge to turn yet another game into a romp. Stewart made 10 of 11 shots in the first half and scored 25 points to thwart any hope the Owls had for pulling off the upset. "They have so many weapons," Owls coach Tonya Cardoza said. "We just couldn't guard them all. " UConn center Stefanie Dolson had 11 points and 13 rebounds when she limped off the court with 8 minutes left.
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March 4, 2015
AS EXPECTED, Villanova (27-2, 14-2 Big East) has moved up two spots in the Associated Press (media) poll this week to fourth, behind Kentucky (29-0), Virginia (28-1) and Duke (26-3). The Wildcats, who have set a record for the best start in program history, won their 10th straight game Saturday at Xavier (18-12, 8-9), 78-66. They clinched the regular-season conference title for the second consecutive year. They were 12th in the preseason vote, and also made it to No. 4 on Jan. 19 before losing at Georgetown by 20. Two teams who were ahead of them, Gonzaga (29-2)
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January 27, 2015 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
LAST SEASON, a Villanova team that would lose only three times before the Big East Tournament got torched by Creighton twice. By 28 in South Philly and then by 21 in Omaha, Neb. That Creighton team had Player of the Year Doug McDermott. These Bluejays, who have yet to win in the conference, do not. These Wildcats - who are ranked fourth but figure to drop a few spots in today's poll after that 20-point loss last Monday at Georgetown - have most of their parts back. It can make a difference, the Daily News has ascertained.
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June 30, 2014 | By Ed Rendell, For the Daily News
THE GREAT PART about being a sports fan is falling in love with a team or a player. The worst part about being a sports fan is getting your heartbroken so often. In the fall of 1997, I accidentally tuned into a Marshall University football game and I watched with amazement the best college wide receiver I had ever seen - Randy Moss. He was big and fast and could corral anything that came near him. It was truly love at first sight, and I dreamed of a 15-year love affair watching him in Eagles green.
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May 19, 2014 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
CHICAGO - The last time the 76ers drafted the consensus college player of the year, things didn't work out too well. Evan Turner, taken out of Ohio State with the second overall pick in 2010, had a very up-and-down ride during his three-plus seasons with the Sixers, ultimately getting traded to the Indiana Pacers in February for what amounted to a second-round draft pick. The Sixers might travel that route again, though. Most likely available for them with their second pick in the first round, currently slotted at No. 10, Creighton's Doug McDermott, who garnered player of the year awards after leading the country in scoring at 26.9 a game for the Bluejays, could be selected.
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March 5, 2014
SINCE FIVE Top 10 teams lost on Saturday, it wasn't surprising that Villanova moved up in the polls. The Wildcats, who are 26-3 for the first time, rose two spots to No. 6. Unranked in the preseason, they got as high as fourth on Jan. 20 before losing to Creighton by 28 in South Philly. They've won their last four since losing to the Bluejays again on Feb. 16, this time by 21 in Omaha. On Thursday they're at Xavier, which just beat Creighton at home, where the Musketeers have won six of their last seven against ranked opponents.
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February 19, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Jay Wright's mantra at Villanova always is "next game," and maybe that's a good thing for the Wildcats, to put another gruesome loss against Creighton in the rearview mirror. The Cats take on Providence on Tuesday night at the Dunkin Donuts Center in their third consecutive road game. It comes two days after a 101-80 pounding at the hands of the Bluejays, who rose to 11th in the latest AP Top 25 on Monday while the Wildcats slipped from sixth to ninth. While it's doubtful, there might be a part of Wright that wants to think back and try to find something – anything – that could have stopped the Bluejays in their two demolitions of the Wildcats (22-3, 10-2 Big East)
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February 18, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
OMAHA, Neb. - After Creighton clobbered his team by 28 points last month at the Wells Fargo Center, Villanova coach Jay Wright came up with a strategy for Sunday that would cut down on the Bluejays' three-point shooting and still try to keep Doug McDermott from going off. Following a painful afternoon in front of a raucous sellout crowd at CenturyLink Center, it's back to the drawing board for Wright and the Wildcats, especially if they see Creighton...
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February 17, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
OMAHA, Neb. - Villanova would have been justified in burning the tape of its very own horror movie showing last month's loss to Creighton, which featured a bombardment of three-point baskets - 21 to be exact - by the Bluejays in a 28-point blowout. The Wildcats, however, have in fact watched the tape several times to determine how to better defend Creighton's deep shooters. Any change in strategy will be on display Sunday in the rematch of the two ranked teams before a sellout crowd at the CenturyLink Center.
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January 30, 2014 | The Inquirer Staff
Breanna Stewart scored a career-high 37 points, leading No. 1 Connecticut to its 28th straight win, 93-56 over Temple at McGonigle Hall on Tuesday night. The Huskies (22-0, 9-0 American Athletic) shook off a rare early challenge to turn yet another game into a romp. Stewart made 10 of 11 shots in the first half and scored 25 points to thwart any hope the Owls had for pulling off the upset. "They have so many weapons," Owls coach Tonya Cardoza said. "We just couldn't guard them all. " UConn center Stefanie Dolson had 11 points and 13 rebounds when she limped off the court with 8 minutes left.
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