DePaul Alone In 1st In Big East With Win

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Forrest Robinson made his first five 3-pointers, all in the first six minutes of the game, and scored a career-high 20 points as DePaul took sole possession of first place in the Big East with a 70-60 victory over Creighton on Wednesday night.

The Blue Demons (9-7, 3-0) have won their first three Big East games for the first time since they joined the conference in 2005-06.

Creighton (9-7, 0-3) has lost its first three conference games for the first time since 1993-94, when it was in the Missouri Valley, and four in a row overall for the first time since 1999-2000. The Bluejays also had their 11-game home conference win streak end. Myke Henry added 11 points for DePaul.

Toby Hegner had 15 points and Avery Dingman added 10 for Creighton.

Robinson scored all 15 of his first-half points in the opening six minutes. He swished four straight 3s, and after Aaron Simpson hit from deep, he got the shooter’s roll on a ball that hit the front of the rim and banked in off the backboard. Robinson finished with a career-high six 3s.

The Blue Demons led by 16 points a little over seven minutes into the game after Durrell McDonald made the seventh of his team’s season high-matching 11 3s.

DePaul missed 10 of its next 13 shots, allowing Creighton to cut the lead to single digits. But a 9-0 spurt pushed DePaul’s cushion to 17 points before James Milliken’s 3 from the corner made it 39-25 at half.

Hegner’s 3-pointer ended an 11-2 run that pulled Creighton to 49-43. Billy Garrett’s 3-pointer finished a 13-5 run that pushed DePaul’s lead back to 14 points with 5:10 to play.

Creighton wasn’t done, though. A pair of three-point plays by Dingman and Isaiah Zierden’s 3-pointer cut it to 66-60 with two minutes left. The Bluejays got no closer.


DePaul: The Blue Demons wore their red road uniforms for the first time this season.

Creighton: The Bluejays were without guard Rick Kreklow, who had stomach flu. … Creighton, which trailed by 14 at half, is now 7-4 when trailing by double digits at half since moving into the CenturyLink Center in 2003.


DePaul visits Villanova on Saturday.

Creighton hosts Seton Hall on Saturday.

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