NEW YORK (AP) — Freshman 7-footer Justin Patton scored a season-high 25 points and grabbed nine rebounds as No. 10 Creighton bounced back from its first loss of the season with an 85-72 victory over St. John’s on Wednesday night, snapping the Red Storm’s three-game winning streak.
The Bluejays (14-1, 2-1 Big East) lost to No. 1 Villanova on New Year’s Eve, ending their 13-game winning streak — the school’s longest since 1942-43.
Patton led Creighton’s huge advantage over St. John’s in points in the paint, 52-24.
During one sequence, Patton scored on two layups, blocked a shot and then hit a 3-pointer that gave the Bluejays a 42-24 lead with 51 seconds left in the first half. Creighton scored the first six points of the second to take a 50-26 lead, its biggest of the game.
Marcus LoVett had 23 points to lead the Red Storm (8-8, 2-1), who finally got their offense going but got no closer than 63-55.