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Creighton ends 2017 with a win, pummels Providence

Creighton ends 2017 with a win, pummels Providence
Posted at 4:51 PM, Dec 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-31 17:54:21-05

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.