Villanova vs. Creighton Recap
Written by David Szczepanski on February 27, 2023
Villanova easily defeats #19 Creighton, 79-67, after a hot first half in South Philly.
For the first five minutes of the game, Villanova and Creighton exchanged baskets. Baylor Scheierman made a jumper to tie the game at 12 for the Bluejays with 14:31 left in the first half. Since that basket, Villanova went on a 26-12 run to end the first half. The Wildcats’ leading scorer at halftime was Eric Dixon, who scored 18 points while shooting 7-9 from the field and 4-5 from behind the arc. Cam Whitmore had seven points while shooting a perfect 4-4 in free throws, and Mark Armstrong accumulated 5 points and three rebounds in the first half. Villanova shot 46% from the field as a team in the first half and 54% from three. Creighton shot 39% from the field and struggled from behind the arc after only making two three-pointers in their 13 attempts throughout the first twenty minutes of play.
Throughout the second half, the Eric Dixon show continued for Villanova. Dixon would go on to score a career-high of 31 points after recording 13 more points in the second half against Creighton. Arthur Kaluma and Ryan Kalkbrenner both had a really solid second half for Creighton, but Villanova’s offense led by Eric Dixon and Cam Whitmore continued to score. Whitmore ended the game with 17 points while shooting 5-8 from the field. After scoring five points in the first half, Mark Armstrong added six more points in the second for a total of 11 points on Saturday afternoon. The Wildcats were outscored by the Bluejays, 43-41, in the second half.
Overall, the Wildcats shot an excellent 50% from the field and 40.9% (9-22) from three in the game. Eric Dixon was phenomenal for Nova all afternoon. Villanova took care of business against #19 Creighton in front of 17,114 people to secure their second straight victory against a ranked Big East opponent.
The Road Ahead for Villanova
The Wildcats will travel to Newark, NJ tomorrow to take on Seton Hall at the Prudential Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:30pm on Tuesday. Nova is currently tied for the sixth seed in the Big East with Seton Hall as both teams sit 9-9 in Big East play. The Wildcats defeated the Pirates, 58-54, at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday, February 11th in their first matchup. After Tuesday, Villanova will play their final regular season game on March 4th against #18 UConn at the Wells Fargo Center. WXVU will have coverage of Villanova’s battle against UConn on March 4th.