College Basketball

Creighton routs Butler 87-56 in Big East

Butler's Bo Hodges (1) spins away from Creighton's Marcus Zegarowski (11) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Big East conference tournament Thursday, March 11, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

NEW YORK (AP) — With coach Greg McDermott back on the bench after a one-game suspension, No. 17 Creighton cruised Thursday into the semifinals of the Big East Tournament with an 87-56 victory against Butler.

The second-seeded Bluejays advanced to face Connecticut or DePaul on Friday night at Madison Square Garden.

Creighton is in the semifinals for the third time since joining the conference in 2013 and first time since 2017.

Damien Jefferson scored 11 points in the first eight minutes and Marcus Zegarowski led the Bluejays with 18.

Bryce Nze had 21 points to lead Butler, which trailed by 33 in the second half.

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