ST. LOUIS, Mo.
-- For the third time this season and eighth time in his career, Creighton men's basketball forward Doug McDermott
has been named Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week.
McDermott averaged 28.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists in double-digit victories last week at Nebraska (64-42) and at home vs. defending MAC champion Akron. He made 20-of-34 attempts from the field (58.8 percent), including 8-of-12 three-pointers (66.7 percent) and 9-of-12 foul shots (75.0 percent).
McDermott began his week with 27 points, four rebounds and two assists in a 64-42 win at Nebraska. His 27 points included 18 points in the second half as CU doubled its largest previous victory margin in Lincoln while also snapping a three-game losing skid at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. In the process, McDermott moved into the top-10 of Creighton’s all-time scoring charts, passing legendary center Benoit Benjamin.
He closed his week by matching his season-high with 30 points in a 77-61 win over Akron, his ninth career game of 30 points or more. McDermott made 10-of-15 shots from the field, including a career-best effort from three-point range (6-8), while also adding six rebounds and a season-best four assists. Twenty of his points came in the first half,
McDermott’s 28.5 points per game average came in a week where no other MVC player had more than 24 points in a game last week, and give him six straight games of 21 points or more.
McDermott's eight career MVC Player of the Week recognitions is tied with Creighton alum Bob Harstad (1987-91) for second-most in MVC history, trailing only Hersey Hawkins (14) from Bradley.
McDermott and the No. 16/13-ranked Creighton men's basketball team (9-1) plays at California on Saturday at 10 pm Central.