OMAHA, Neb. -- Austin Chatman had a career-high 19 points and Doug McDermott added 33 points and 15 rebounds as No. 23 Creighton used a big second half to post an 82-72 win over Tulsa on Saturday afternoon.
Creighton improved to 4-0 for the third straight season with the win, while Tulsa is 0-4 and has not beaten a ranked foe since upsetting No. 22 Dayton in the 2003 NCAA Tournament.
Chatman had seven points and freshman Zach Hanson the other four during an early 11-2 run as Creighton built an early 17-8 margin. The Golden Hurricane would claw back, tying the game at 34-all on a three-point play from Rashad Smith with 3:05 left in the first half, and taking a 37-36 lead less than a minute later on a lay-up by Shaquille Harrison. A three-pointer by Chatman a short time later tied the score at 39-up, and the Bluejay point guard would also hit a three-pointer in the final seconds of the first half to give Creighton a 42-41 halftime edge.
Chatman had 15 points in the first half, one off his previous career-high, while McDermott had 12 points and six boards by intermission.
Creighton scored on its first five trips of the second half as McDermott had eight points in a 13-4 run that moved the Bluejay lead to double-digits (55-45) for the first time. The CU lead would reach as large as 12 after two free throws with 7:56 left made it 67-55, but the Golden Hurricane stormed back. A trio of three-point play opportunities from Tulsa trimmed the Bluejay lead to 73-68 with three minutes to play.
Both teams traded empty trips before a McDermott three-pointer witih 2:10 left gave the Jays an eight -point cushion. CU was clinging to a six-point lead with less than a minute left before McDermott's face-up jumper made it 78-70 with 52 ticks left. CU's lead remained seven or more the rest of the way before finishing 82-72.
McDermott's 33 points and 15 rebounds were his 31st career double-double, and first of the two-time All-American's senior campaign. Chatman recorded 19 points and nine assists, making 7-of-9 field goal attempts and 4-of-5 from long-range. Creighton shot 51.9 percent for the game, including 11-of-26 from downtown (42.3 percent), and also made 15-of-28 free throws. CU dished 19 assists against 15 turnovers while matching TU's 37 rebounds for the day.
Tulsa was led by 21 points from Rashad Smith, who made 9-of-14 shots. Pat Swilling Jr. had four three-pointers to help account for his 18 points, while James Woodard added 11 points and six rebounds. The Golden Hurricane shots 43.1 percent overall, including 5-of-20 from three-point distance, and were 11-of-18 at the foul stripe.
Creighton returns to action next Thursday night with a 10 pm Central game vs. Arizona State as part of the Wooden Legacy in Fullerton, Calif. That game will air nationally on ESPN2.
NOTES: Creighton improved to 72-24 all-time as a ranked team, including a 7-0 mark as the No. 23 team in the AP poll ... Creighton has used at least one player from Iowa in 625 straight games ... Creighton has won 94 straight at home when scoring 78 points or more, 76 straight at home when playing teams that are .500 or worse, and 76 straight at home when scoring 80 points or more ... Creighton has now won 59 straight games when owning a double-digit lead at any time ... The 33 points were the 16th 30-point game of Doug McDermott's career, his 60th contest of 20 or more points, and sixth straight game (dating to last year) of 20+ points ... Doug McDermott became Creighton's first player to open the season with four straight 20-point performances since Cyril Baptiste in 1969-70 ... Creighton is now 44-0 all-time in home games on or before Nov. 26th ... The crowd of 18,078 was the seventh-largest home attendance in Creighton history.
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