The Creighton men’s basketball team gave fourth-ranked Villanova all it could handle on Tuesday night, but in the end the Wildcats escaped Omaha with a 76-72 win over the host Bluejays. The setback marked the sixth league defeat this season in which Creighton led in the final minute.
Creighton (13-17, 4-13 BIG EAST) trailed by five in the final seconds before an Austin Chatman three-pointer with 6.4 left got the Jays within two. After an offensive foul by the Wildcats on the inbounds pass, the Jays had one last chance for victory, but Will Artino’s runner hit the front rim and rolled off. Ryan Arcidiacono, who gave ‘Nova the lead for good with a three-point play with 50.3 ticks left, grabbed the rebound and hit two free throws with 0.4 left to seal VU’s win.
Creighton closes the regular-season on Saturday when it hosts Xavier in a 1:01 pm game.