Marquette freshman Ellenson puts on show
At least Creighton fans got the opportunity to see Henry Ellenson play once in Omaha in what could be his short Marquette career.
The 6-foot-11 freshman forward is considered a prime candidate to move on to the NBA as a possible lottery pick. The Golden Eagles knew when they signed him that he was possibly a one-and-done player, and he's done little to diminish those prospects.
Ellenson leads Marquette in scoring and rebounds. He scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in Wednesday's 6661 victory over Creighton at the Century Link Center.
"He's a matchup nightmare," Creighton coach Greg McDermott said. "He can go inside, and he made a couple of 3s tonight. He hit a couple of shots in critical moments when the game was being decided.
"He's a heck of a player and a great talent."
Ellenson came into Wednesday's game 11th nationally in scoring (16.5 points per game) among freshmen and third in rebounding (10.0). His double-double against Creighton was his 16th of the season.
CU still struggling behind arc
Creighton's struggles from beyond the 3-point line in Big East play are well documented. The Bluejays led the conference in 3-point shooting in non-league play, but their shooting has gone south against Big East competition.
Creighton was shooting 31.1 percent from beyond the arc in its first 14 league games. That percentage will dip a bit after the Bluejays shot 3 of 21 (14.3) from beyond the arc against the Golden Eagles.
Creighton missed its first 13 3-point shots before Isaiah Zierden made one with 9:04 to play in the second half. Zierden connected again to pull the Bluejays into a 56-56 tie, and Watson made Creighton's final 3-point basket with 3.3 seconds remaining.