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McDermott's 37 Points Leads Men's Basketball Over UMKC, 96-70

OMAHA, Neb. -- Doug McDermott scored 25 of his game-high 37 points in the first half to lead Creighton men's basketball  to a 96-70 win over UMKC on Monday night.

McDermott made 15-of-25 shots, including 5-of-10 three-pointers, and needed just 31 minutes for the fourth-highest output of his All-American career.  He did not score while playing just four of the final 12 minutes.

Creighton is now 2-0, while UMKC drops to 0-2.

A senior forward who led the nation with 834 points as a junior, McDermott made his first three shots and had CU's first nine points to help the Bluejays to a 9-5 lead early. Creighton led by as much as eight points twice before UMKC mounted a run to retake the lead briefly at 23-21. The Bluejays answered in a big way, putting together an 11-0 run that included five points from McDermott and was capped by an Isaiah Zierden three-pointer.  The lead would remain in double-digits the rest of the night and was 48-31 at the break after Austin Chatman banked in a deep three-pointer just before the halftime buzzer.

McDermott had 25 points in 19 minutes of work by halftime, sinking 10 field goals and four three-pointers in that time, while Chatman had seven points, seven assists and five rebounds by intermission.

McDermott would score nine of CU's first 11 points after the break, as well, giving him 34 points with 17:11 left and help his team to a 59-36 lead.

UMKC would fight on and trim a 28-point deficit to 19 with 9:20 left, but the hosts answered with three-pointers from Ethan Wragge, Avery Dingman and Chatman to put the game out of reach.

Chatman finished with 12 points, nine assists and seven rebounds in 25 minutes without a turnover, while Zierden scored 10 points in 16 minutes. Newcomer Devin Brooks had a game-high nine rebounds to help the Bluejays win the battle of the boards, 51-35. Creighton shot 51.5 percent for the contest, including 46.4 percent from three-point range and 61.9 percent at the line. CU dished 27 assists on 35 hoops and produced 34 bench points.

UMKC had five men in double-figures, paced by 15 from Trinity Hall's 15 points. Martez Harrison had 12, Williams 11 and Nelson Kirksey and Isaac Kreuer 10 each. The Kangaroos shot 37.7 percent overall and were 7-of-24 from beyond the arc while falling for the second time in as many games under first-year coach Kareem Richardson.

Creighton returns to action at 6 pm Central with its first road game, a tilt at Jesuit rival Saint Joseph's in Philadelphia, Pa.

NOTES: Doug McDermott's 37 points are the second-most points in the country this year for one game, trailing only the 38 by Drake's Richard Carter vs. UIC on Saturday ... McDermott's career-high is 44 points done as a sophomore vs. Bradley. He also scored 41 points last year vs. Wichita State, 39 vs. Missouri State. He now owns 16 career games of 30 or more points ...McDermott became the sixth player in CU history with at least 850 career rebounds ...Austin Chatman's seven rebounds tied a career-best ... Geoffrey Groselle had his first blocked shot, becoming CU's first 7-footer with a rejection since Bill O'Dowd had a swat on Feb. 18, 1991 at Notre Dame ...Through two games, Creighton has six men scoring at least nine points per game ...UMKC senior Kirk Korver, youngest brother of former Bluejays Kyle and Kaleb Korver, did not play due to a stress fracture in his foot ...Jahenns Manigat became the ninth player in Creighton history with 150 career three-pointers ...Creighton has won 60 straight home games since 1988 when scoring 90 or more points at home.
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