OMAHA, Neb. -- Creighton used an 11-0 run early in the second half to break open a close game and pick up a 71-57 victory over Alabama State in the season-opener for both teams. The game was the first on the Creighton sideline for head coach Greg McDermott, hired in April to replace Dana Altman.
Alabama State was led by nine points from Kenderek Washington. The Hornets were 24-of-58 from the field, including 9-of-25 from three-point range.
After building a 31-21 lead with four minutes to play in the first half, Alabama State scored nine straight points to get within one point heading into the final minute. Two free throws by Young gave Creighton a 33-30 lead at intermission.
ASU used a 10-6 spurt out of the halftime break to take its final lead at 40-39 with 16:40 to play, before Young took over. Young had back-to-back scores to get Creighton started on its game-breaking 11-0 run. Alabama State would get no closer than seven points the rest of the evening. Creighton's largest lead of the night came at 71-52 with 1:16 to play before the Hornets netted the final five points.
Creighton outrebounded ASU 22-10 after the break and 39-30 for the game. The Jays made 20-of-49 shots (40.8 percent) from the field, 7-of-16 from three-point range (43.8 percent) and 24-of-28 at the line (85.7 percent).
Creighton continues play in the Global Sports Hy-Vee Challenge on Sunday at 1:05 pm when Northern Arizona comes to Qwest Center Omaha. The Lumberjacks lost at Iowa State, 78-64, on Friday night.
NOTES: Creighton improved to 78-15 all-time in season-openers, including wins in 13 of its last 14 lid-lifters ... Creighton improved to 82-11 in home-openers all-time, including 16 straight wins ... Greg McDermott became the 14th Creighton coach (of 17) to win his debut on the Bluejay sidelines, and is now 14-3 as a head coach in season openers overall ... This was the first-ever meeting between Creighton and Alabama State ... Creighton is now 21-0 all-time against teams from the Southwestern Athletic Conference ... Doug McDermott became Creighton's first freshman to start his first game since Ryan Sears in 1997-98. Sears started all 124 games of his Bluejay career, was named 1998 MVC Freshman of the Year, and ended his career with an MVC-record 283 steals ... Creighton has won 32 straight November home games, dating to 1989 ... The game was the first of four for Creighton in the Global Sports Hy-Vee Challenge.