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Will Artino had eight points and eight rebounds on Friday.
Courtesy: Steven Branscombe

Men's Basketball Rolls Past Northern State in Lone Exhibition

OMAHA, Neb. -- Taking the court as members of the BIG EAST Conference for the first time, the Creighton Men's Basketball team had little trouble with Northern State in its lone exhibition of the season.  Final score for Creighton's 13th straight exhibition win was 89-61.

Doug McDermott led Creighton with 26 points in 24 minutes. Fourteen of the 20 men who saw action for Creighton dented the scoreboard.

Northern State was led by nine points each by Skye Warwick and Darin Peterka. The Wolves made eight three-pointers in the opening half but just one after the break.

Creighton shot 62.5 percent for the game, making 30-of-48 shots. CU also sank 9-of-20 shots from downtown and 20-of-33 free throws while owning 23 assists against just 13 turnovers. In addition to McDermott's 26 points, Ethan Wragge and Toby Hegner each had nine points while Isaiah Zierden and Will Artino each scored eight points, with Artino grabbing a game-best eight rebounds in his first start at center. Newcomer Devin Brooks had seven assists and six points in 15 minutes to help a Bluejay bench that scored 49 points.

Northern State made 19-of-57 shots from the field (33.3 percent) and 14-of-24 free throws (58.3 percent). The Wolves were out-rebounded 41-28 and had 13 turnovers against 12 helpers.

Creighton seniors McDermott and Grant Gibbs combined for the first seven points of the game, only to see the Division II Wolves rally to tie the game at 15 and 17-all. Clinging to a narrow 33-32 lead late in the first half, Austin Chatman made a free throw to start a 10-0 run that included two three-pointers from Zierden and another from Wragge. NSU got no closer than eight the rest of the night and trailed 45-35 at the break.

Creighton opened the second half with a 10-2 flurry, including six points from McDermott, and would lead by as much as 82-51 after a late three-pointer from newcomer Steven Ferrarini. One of the loudest ovations of the night came late,when sophomore Mogboluwaga Oginni had a dunk in traffic with 1:44 left.

Creighton opens the regular-season next Friday, Nov. 1, when Alcorn State comes to town for a 7 pm contest at CenturyLink Center Omaha.

NOTES: Greg McDermott improved to 21-0 all-time in exhibition games as a Division I head coach, with all but one victory by double-figures ...The crowd of 16,299 was the largest in school history for an exhibition game ... Creighton outscored Northern State 40-16 in the paint ...Creighton never trailed ...Creighton announced it has sold more than 1,900 all-session tickets for the BIG EAST Tournament (March 12-15) in New York City.

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