No. 14/12 Creighton defeated Butler, 93-73, Saturday afternoon in Omaha. It marked the regular season finale for both teams.
Marcus Zegarowski scored 32 points, the most by a Butler opponent this season.
The Bluejays used 12-of-25 three-point shooting to take control of the contest. Zegarowski went 5-of-7 from behind the arc. Butler was only able to hit five of their 26 attempts from distance.
Creighton’s 93 points are the most allowed to a Butler opponent this season.
The teams split the 2020-21 series with each winning on its home court. Butler won in overtime, 70-66, Jan. 16 at Hinkle Fieldhouse, overcoming a 13-point second-half deficit.
Freshman Chuck Harris scored a career-high 29, his fifth 20-point game of the season.
Butler’s Bryce Golden scored 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting, matching his career-high.
Creighton shot 52.4 percent from the field.
Creighton scored the final seven points of the first half to take a 46-32 halftime advantage, which was the largest lead of the game at that time. Zegarowski had 18 points in the first half on 6-of-7 shooting. As a team, Creighton shot 53 percent in the first half, including making 6-of-12 from three-point range.
Bryce Nze exited the game with 6:42 to play in the first half due to an ankle injury. Creighton led 32-25 at that point in the contest. Nze had six points and four rebounds in 11 minutes of early action.
Butler’s Bo Hodges was unable to play due to a calf injury that continued to bother him pregame and into the first half. The Bulldogs were already without point guard Aaron Thompson, who will miss the remainder of the season with a shoulder injury.
The Bulldogs have used seven different starting line-ups this season; the line-up used Saturday (Tate-Harris-Bolden-Nze-Golden) has been utilized a team-high eight times this season.
Butler is now 9-14 overall and 8-12 in BIG EAST play
Creighton is now 18-7 overall and 14-6 in BIG EAST play
UP NEXT: The Bulldogs will travel to New York City for the 2021 BIG EAST Tournament at Madison Square Garden. Butler is assured of a Wednesday first round game with the team’s seed, match-up and gametime determined later tonight once all teams have completed BIG EAST regular season play.