Looking to avoid an 0-2 start in Big East play for the first time in three years, No. 25 Creighton men's basketball ended the 2017 calendar year with a big win, 83-64, over Providence Sunday afternoon at the CenturyLink Center. The Bluejays are now a perfect 9-0 at home so far this season.
CU came out strong in the first half behind nine points from Omaha native Khyri Thomas to take a 39-29 advantage over the Friars into the halftime locker room. The Jays then opened the second half on a 11-3 run and took control of the contest from there to post the 83-64 win.
Creighton's defense had a very strong performance against Providence on New Years' Eve, holding the Friars to just 38.7 percent shooting from the field and just 3 of 23 from beyond the arc.
Five Bluejays ended Sunday in double figures, led by a team-high 18 points from Marcus Foster. Martin Krampelj followed up a career-high 23 points against Seton Hall on Thursday with 13 points and 8 rebounds against Providence on Sunday.
Creighton is now 1-1 in the Big East so far this year and 11-3 overall. The Bluejays begin play in 2018 with a home game this Wednesday against St. John's. Tip is set for 7 p.m. on FS1.