Creighton's Doug McDermott (3) tries for a shot past Villanova's Ryan Arcidiacono (15) in the second half Monday in Philadelphia. (Laurence Kesterson / Associated Press)
Philadelphia — Ethan Wragge let the 3s fly, and helped the records fall.
Wragge tied a school record with nine 3-pointers for all 27 points, Doug McDermott hit five 3s and scored 23 points, and Creighton set a team mark with 21 3-pointers in a 96-68 victory over No. 4 Villanova on Monday night.
Wragge only surprised Villanova, not his teammates.
“I’ve seen him shoot better in practice,” McDermott said. “I’ve seen him hit 11 or 12 3s in an open gym, that’s normal. So not a lot of us are shocked. The outside world, everyone’s kind of shocked. But that’s just another day at the office for Ethan.”
The Bluejays (16-3, 6-1 Big East) topped the school record of 20 3s set in 2005 against Chattanooga. Kyle Korver hit nine 3s against Evansville on Jan. 15, 2003. The Bluejays, in their first year in the Big East, set a conference record for most 3s in a game and beat a top-five team for the first time since 1970.
“Once I get one, they know I’m hunting for two and three,” Wragge said. “It’s a hard feeling to describe once you get one to go in. You just kind of let it fly and don’t think about it.”
The Bluejays hit their first nine 3s and never looked back against Villanova (16-2, 5-1) which had romped its way toward its highest ranking in four years. They made 21 of 35 3-pointers and led by as many 41 points.
Wragge hit eight 3s in the first half and Creighton built a 28-point lead.
“By three or four, I kind of knew where I was at,” he said.
Wragge, who finished 9 of 14 from 3-point range, tied Korver’s record with his ninth 3-pointer with 13:59 left for a 68-45 lead. McDermott followed with his third 3 and Austin Chatman hit one the next time down for the stunning 29-point lead.
“It’s tough to beat a team that hits 21 3s,” McDermott said.
The Bluejays refused to slow down from 3-point range, with McDermott’s fourth 3 extending the lead to 30 and making them 19 for 31.
Oh, and Creighton had 19 3s at the same time Villanova had 16 total field goals.
McDermott, the two-time All-America, tied Creighton’s team record with 20 3s not long after, sending the crowd at the home of the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers fleeing for the exits.
Jahenns Manigat hit Creighton’s record 21st 3-pointer to make it 88-50 with 7:33 left. He made four 3s and scored 19 points.
Somehow, this was the same Creighton team that never led in an 81-68 loss at Providence on Saturday. The Bluejays made only four 3s in the loss.
“Providence did a better job sticking with Wragge and not leaving him,” Villanova coach Jay Wright said.
It was the worst loss in Wright’s 13 seasons at Villanova.
The Bluejays beat a ranked team for the first time since 2007 and a top-five team for the first time since Jan. 29, 1970, against No. 5 New Mexico State.
“That was one of the more incredible things I’ve ever been a part of,” Creighton coach Greg McDermott said.
(At) No. 8 Kansas 78, No. 24 Baylor 68: Andrew Wiggins scored 17 points, most of them coming at the free-throw line, and Kansas pulled away in the second half.
Wiggins was 10 of 12 from the free throw line, and the Jayhawks (14-4, 5-0 Big 12) were 27 of 29 as a team, allowing them to put away Baylor for their fifth straight win — the last four over Top 25 opponents. They are the first team to accomplish that feat since North Carolina in 1997.
Perry Ellis added 19 points and Joel Embiid had 12 for Kansas, which led 37-35 at halftime but used a 14-2 surge fueled by defense and hustle in the second half to draw away.
Brady Heslip hit six 3-pointers and scored 19 points for the Bears (13-5, 1-4), who have lost three straight and four of five. Cory Jefferson and Isaiah Austin added 16 points apiece.