OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Marcus Zegarowski hit the tie-breaking 3-pointer with 2.7 seconds left and No. 25 Creighton came back late to beat Providence 78-74 on Saturday.
Ty-Shon Alexander had 24 points to lead the Bluejays (14-5, 3-3 Big East). David Duke had 24 of his career-high 36 points in the second half to pace the Friars (11-8, 4-2).
The Bluejays were down five points in the last 90 seconds before Alexander made a 3 and a bank-in to tie it with 36 seconds left.
Creighton got the ball back on the alternating possession when Duke lost control of the ball in the lane and Denzel Mahoney grabbed it to force a tie-up. Zegarowski took the inbounds pass, brought it upcourt and then suddenly stopped and launched a deep 3 from above the key.
Alexander intercepted the inbounds pass, got fouled and made a free throw to finish off the Friars.
In a game with 13 lead changes and 10 ties, Duke looked as if he would put Providence up for good when he hit a 3 from the wing to start a personal seven-point streak. He finished 12 for 18 from the field, including 6 of 8 on 3-pointers.
Zegarowski didn't start for the first time this season. He was dizzy during pregame warmups and didn't enter the game until the first break. He scored just eight points and committed a season-high six turnovers, but what will be remembered is his only basket of the second half, the one that sent the Bluejays to victory.
The Friars have lost eight straight to Top 25 opponents.
Providence: The Friars came in off wins in five of six games. Now they've begun a stretch of five straight games against opponents currently ranked in the Top 25.
Creighton: This was a gutcheck win for the Bluejays, who had lost three of their last four and were less than 100% with Zegarowski playing with illness and Alexander having banged up his left knee when he got tangled up with Alpha Diallo late in the first half.
Providence hosts St. John's on Wednesday.
Creighton visits DePaul on Wednesday.