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Key matchup: Ty-Shon Alexander triggers Creighton’s offense

UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 30, 2018, 6:36 p.m.

Creighton guard Ty-Shon Alexander can’t believe he was called for a foul on Gonzaga forward Johnathan Williams in last year’s game. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
Creighton guard Ty-Shon Alexander can’t believe he was called for a foul on Gonzaga forward Johnathan Williams in last year’s game. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Ty-Shon Alexander is the most explosive scorer on Creighton’s potent offense.

The 6-foot-4, 195-pound sophomore guard logged just 15 minutes in last year’s 91-74 loss at Gonzaga, playing behind standout guards Marcus Foster and Khyri Thomas. Alexander now has a prominent role in the Bluejays’ guard-driven offense. He’s scored in double figures in all seven games. He was named tournament MVP after a 36-point effort against then-No. 16 Clemson in the championship game of the Cayman Islands Classic.

Gonzaga probably will use Zach Norvell Jr. or Corey Kispert as defenders on Alexander, who can score inside and outside. He’s made at least three 3-pointers in every game except for Montana earlier this week, when he hit two.

Gonzaga’s challenge guarding Alexander is made tougher with Geno Crandall (hand) on the injury list and the Bluejays possessing multiple 3-point threats.

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