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Bishop slam leads to Creighton win over Providence

Published: Jan. 2, 2021 at 4:56 PM CST
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WOWT) - The Creighton Bluejays improved to 4-1 in the BIG EAST and 8-2 overall with a 67-65 win over Providence on Saturday.

After Noah Horchler tied the game at 65 for the Friars with less than 10 seconds to go, Greg McDermott let his players do what they’ve practiced and he didn’t call a timeout.

It didn’t allow Providence to set its defense, and it put the ball in Marcus Zegarowski’s hands to make a play.

Zegarowski drove full court before pulling up at near the free throw line.

He dumped the ball off to junior forward Christian Bishop who was trailing the play after inbounding the ball.

Bishop had a lane to the basket, which he took and then dunked home the win with less than a second on the clock.

Not calling a timeout is a strategy Greg McDermott likes to use. It paid off big time on Saturday.

”It’s one of the best players in the country with the ball in his hands and he gets it to 14-15 feet, he’s going to get off his pull-up or he’s going to make a decision.,” McDermott said about Zegarowski. “Obviously, he made the right decision. You do that because that’s how you practice. If you don’t practice that way, then you have to take a timeout. If you let your guys play in practice then they know that I trust them to make the right play in those situations.”

Creighton hosts Seton Hall on Wednesday night.

The last time Seton Hall played the Jays in Omaha, Creighton won and secured a share of its first regular season BIG EAST title.

The game on Wednesday tips at 8 p.m.

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