McDermott Does It Again, Lifts MBB Past Butler

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Doug McDermott hit a go-ahead three-pointer with 47.8 seconds to start a game-ending 7-0 run and help his father Greg earn win number 100 at Creighton as the No. 18 Bluejays held on at historic Hinkle Fieldhouse, 68-63 over Butler, on Thursday night in Indianapolis.

Creighton improved to 20-4 on the season and is 10-2 in BIG EAST play. Butler dropped to 12-13 and is 2-11 in league contests.

Creighton started strongly for the third straight road game, draining 4-of-6 shots to build an 11-5 lead. McDermott made his first three attempts, quickly moving from 17th to 15th place in NCAA history on the all-time scoring chart. Creighton took its largest lead at 17-7 after a McDermott score, but Butler would battle back.

Keyed by a trio of three-pointers by Kellen Dunham, Butler took its initial lead at 27-26 with 4:51 left in the first period and the teams would trade hoops three more times before CU claimed a 37-34 lead at intermission. McDermott had 14 points in the first half, while Will Artino added 10 points and five rebounds in 10 minutes off the bench to keep CU in front. Dunham had 10 points in the first half for Butler.

After five points from Alex Barlow to start the half gave Butler a 39-37 lead, the teams would continue the closely-contested game with six lead changes in the first eight minutes of the second stanza alone. Jahenns Manigat, scoreless in the first half, drained three shots from behind the arc to help Creighton to a 57-50 lead with 12:28 left, only to see Elijah Brown answer with a big Bulldog triple and two contested shots from Dunham to tie the score at 54-all with 10:02 left.

McDermott then hit a go-ahead three-pointer, and later a bucket inside to stretch the Bluejay lead to 59-56, only to have Khyle Marshall answer with two at the line with 4:36 left. After a Grant Gibbs bucket returned CU's lead to three, Butler freshman center Andrew Chrabascz sank just the third three-pointer of his young career, tying the score at 61-all.

Butler went ahead 63-61 on a Marshall spin move with 1:12 left, but McDermott answered with a three-pointer from the top of the key with 47.8 left, giving the Jays a 64-63 lead.

Butler fed Chrabascz twice, but both shots were altered and Creighton grabbed the board. Ultimately, Austin Chatman stepped to the line with 18.0 left and cooly sank both to give the Jays a 66-63 lead.

Butler raced to midcourt and called timeout with 15.1 left, trailing by three points, but Dunham's contested trey was off the mark and Chatman sank two more foul shots with 0.4 left.

McDermott had 26 points on 11-of-19 shooting, including 3-of-5 shooting from downtown. Artino had his first career double with 11 points and a career-high 10 rebounds. The Jays shot an even 50 percent for the game and made 8-of-20 three-pointers.

Butler was paced by 16 points from Dunham, while Barlow had 13 and Chrabascz added 10. Kameron Woods had two points but a game-best 12 rebounds as well, for the hosts. BU shot 38.6 percent for the contest.

Creighton next plays on Sunday when it hosts No. 16 Villanova (22-2, 10-1 BIG EAST) in a 4:07 pm game at CenturyLink Center Omaha.

NOTES: The victory was Greg McDermott's 100th at Creighton. He needed 134 games to reach the milestone, trailing only Arthur A. Schabinger (133) as second-fastest to the mark ... Creighton has now won 20 or more games in 15 of the last 16 seasons, including four straight ... This is Creighton's 26th different 20-win season in program history ... Creighton has now won 25 straight games when leading at halftime, including a 19-0 mark this year ...Ethan Wragge's streak of 23 straight  games with a three-pointer was snapped ...This is the 18th straight year Creighton has won 10 or more league games ...McDermott now owns 2,824 career points ...It was McDermott's third game-winning basket this season (also at Saint Joseph's and vs. St. John's), and improved him to 9-for-12 shooting in the final minute of games during the past two years.
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