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Zegarowski leads No. 11 Creighton into opener vs. North Dakota St.

But it’s Zegarowski, a 6-2 junior point guard, who makes the team go.

“Marcus does so many things for our team,” said Bluejays coach Greg McDermott. “His fingerprints are all over each game. While he’s developed in a lot of different ways, the thing he does most for our basketball team is he impacts winning.”

Creighton was scheduled to start its season on Wednesday in a tournament in South Dakota, but became one of six teams to pull out due to concerns about COVID-19. It picked up this game in what’s become the norm for this pandemic year — three days beforehand while North Dakota State was losing its season opener 62-48 to Nevada at a multi-team event in Lincoln, Neb.

The Bison (0-2) are playing the second half of a back-to-back, as they fell 79-57 Saturday at Nebraska in a game where they hit only 29 percent from the field. They trailed only 43-36 at halftime, but sank only 6 of 34 shots in the second half.

Making shots has been a bugaboo for North Dakota State this week. In the setback against Nevada, they canned just 29.1 percent.

“We have to have an understanding that we have a group that hasn’t played a lot of Division I basketball together,” Bison coach Dave Richman said to the Fargo-Moorhead Forum. “Some have never played a game.”

That comment aside, North Dakota State was picked to finish third in the Summit League. But it lost its top two scorers, Vinnie Shahid and Tyson Ward, who combined to average 35.3 ppg.

–Field Level Media

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