OMAHA, Neb. -- Avery Dingman had a career-high 21 points and
Gregory Echenique had 15 points and eight rebounds as Creighton won its
final game before MVC play with a 71-54 win vs. Tulsa on Wednesday
Ranked 13th by the USA Today coaches and 17th by the Associated Press,
Creighton set a record for wins before Christmas by improving to 11-1.
Tulsa lost its second straight to open a four-game road trip to fall to
Both teams came out sluggish in the opening minutes, combining for nine
turnovers by the first media timeout. But Creighton began hitting shots
and left the Golden Hurricane in the dust, using a 16-1 run to turn the
lead into 24-8 with five minutes left in the first half. The Jays led by
as much as 20 in the opening period before settling for a 38-20
halftime lead. Echenique led the Jays with 12 points and eight rebounds
in the opening half, while Grant Gibbs dished five assists.
The Golden Hurricane used an 8-1 out of the intermission break to draw
within 11 at 39-28, only to see the Jays answer with a 9-0 surge that
included Doug McDermott's corner trey that also moved him into a tie for
50th in MVC history with 1,651 career points and returned CU's lead to
The Golden Hurricane never got within single-digits again.
made 8-of-9 shots to post his 21 points, seven more than his previous
high. He was 5-of-6 from three-point range and also added a career-best
three steals in 23 minutes. McDermott had 16 points, five rebounds and
three assists, while Echenique tallied 15 points, eight rebounds, two
blocks and a pair of steals despite second half foul trouble. The Jays shot
51.9 percent from the field and 45 percent in 20 three-point attempts
while making 8-of-14 free throws. The Jays also picked up a season-high
17 steals, one shy of the school record.
Tulsa was led by 15
points, 10 rebounds and four steals by freshman James Woodard. The
Golden Hurricane shot 37.5 percent from the floor and outrebounded the
Jays 35-28, but also turned the ball over 25 times.
Creighton takes a rare 10-day break before opening up Missouri Valley
Conference play on Dec. 29th with a 7:05 pm home game vs. Evansville.
NOTES: Creighton has started 11-1 or better for the sixth time in
program history, and first time since 2003-04 ...Greg McDermott
improved to 6-0 in his career against Conference USA schools, including a
2-0 mark vs. Tulsa ... Doug McDermott had 16 points to move from 10th
to ninth on Creighton's all-time scoring list with 1,659 career points,
passing Vernon Moore (1,654) and two shy of Paul Silas for eighth place ...Doug McDermott moved from 51st to 48th
on the MVC's all-time scoring list, passing Melvin Mathis (1,651),
Vernon Moore (1,654) and Red Murrell (1,657) ... Doug McDermott had led
Creighton in scoring in each of the last nine games before Avery Dingman had a
team-high 21 tonight.
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