Men's Basketball Tops Idaho State, 66-60

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Doug McDermott
Courtesy: Dennis Hubbard

OMAHA, Neb. -- Creighton made its first eight shots from the floor and didn't look back, defeating Idaho State 66-60 on Saturday night before 15,689 fans at Qwest Center Omaha

Creighton improved to 6-4, while Idaho State dropped to 3-6. The Jays have now won six straight games over the Bengals, though the programs hadn't met since 1971.

Cerighton made its first eight shots from the floor, including six from three-point territory, to open up an early 22-13 lead. The first seven of those baskets were assisted, with Antoine Young accounting for nine early points.

Creighton maintained a lead throughout the first half and were ahead 33-23 at halftime. Young led all players with 12 points and four assists in the first half, as Creighton dished 10 assists on 12 buckets. Creighton shot 54.5 percent in the first half.

After Idaho State trimmed Creighton's lead to 47-41 at the 10:52 mark, the Bluejays would score the next nine points to take their largest lead with 6:11 left on McDermott's second straight inside score.

Idaho State made a game of it though, making five three pointers in the next six minutes to get within 64-60 with 19.0 seconds left. Creighton senior Kaleb Korver iced the game with two free throws in the final five seconds to close the scoring.

Young made all four of his attempts from three-point range and finished with team-bests of 14 points and seven assists. Also chipping in with 12 points each were newcomers McDermott and Gregory Echenique. Echenique, a prized transfer from Rutgers, also had five rebounds and three blocked shots during the first 18 minutes of his Bluejay career. Creighton finished the night making 47.9 percent (23-48) from the floor, 8-of-21 from three-point range (38.1 percent) and 12-of-19 from the line (63.2 percent). The Jays also blocked six shots and had 16 assists on 23 field goals.

Idaho State was paced by 22 points from Broderick Gilchrest, while Chase Grabau had 13 points and a team-best five assists. The Bengals shot 39.0 percent from the floor, 8-of-16 from three-point range and 6-of-12 from the line.

Creighton returns to action on Monday with a 7:05 pm game against Western Illinois.

NOTES: Creighton is now 6-1 at home ... Antoine Young's seven assists were the most by a Bluejay this season and Kaleb Korver tied his career-high with six assists for the second straight game ... Antoine Young had a career-high four baskets from three-point range.

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