Creighton picks up rare win with 3-pointers

The Creighton Bluejays used an impressive 3-point shooting night to knock off the fourth-ranked Villanova Wildcats with a 28-point victory.

In doing so, Creighton made history, both from a team perspective and an individual angle, as Doug McDermott continued working his way up the Division I all-time scoring list.

Here are three main takeaways from Monday's game.

Top-Five Wins Rare for Creighton

Entering Monday night, Creighton was just 2-25 all-time against ranked teams ranked in the top five, and its last such win came in 1970 against fifth-ranked New Mexico State.

The win over Villanova (ranked fourth in the nation) matches the highest-ranked team the Bluejays have ever beaten. In 1963, Creighton also knocked off fourth-ranked Arizona State.

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Unranked Teams, Last 20 Seasons

The 28-point victory is also notable, because it’s the third-biggest win for an unranked team over a top-five opponent over the last 20 seasons, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Creighton also won Monday’s game on Villanova’s home floor. The last time Creighton won a true road game against a ranked team was in January 1978 against 13th-ranked Indiana State. That Indiana State team was led by Larry Bird.

Creighton Huge From Outside

Key in the Bluejays' win was 3-point shooting, as they hit 21 3-pointers in the win, setting both a school record and a Big East record. They also shot 60 percent from beyond the arc.

The previous Big East record was 20, shared by the 2005-06 West Virginia and 2010-11 Notre Dame teams. No other Big East team had ever hit more than 17 in a game.

Creighton’s 21 3-pointers are also the most made in a Division I game this season. Three other teams had hit 20 in a game.

McDermott Keeps Moving Up

McDermott finished with 23 points in Monday’s win, moving him up from 24th to 22nd on the all-time Division I scoring list, passing Navy’s David Robinson and New Orleans’ Bo McCalebb.

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NCAA Division I History

McDermott is averaging 24.8 PPG this season, and if he scores more than 20 points in his next outing (Saturday vs Georgetown), he’ll move all the way up to 19th on the all-time scoring list, passing, among others, former Northeastern player Reggie Lewis.

If McDermott continues at his current scoring pace, he’ll finish the regular season (11 more games) ninth on the Division I scoring list, right between Oscar Robertson and Danny Manning. He could continue to add to that total in the Big East Tournament or any other possible postseason tournament.