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First Half Blitz Buries Butler in Men's Basketball Win

OMAHA, Neb. -- Doug McDermott scored 28 points in 27 minutes of work and No. 20/19 Creighton scored on 14 straight first half possessions, never trailing in a convincing 88-60 victory over visiting Butler on Tuesday night.

The win was Creighton's 10th straight this season and improved the Bluejays to 15-2 on the year and sole possession of first place with a 5-0 BIG EAST mark. Butler dropped to 10-7 overall and is winless in its first five BIG EAST games.



Creighton owned a 12-7 lead in the opening minutes before the nation's efficient offense blew the roof off of CenturyLink Center Omaha with an offensive explosion for the ages. CU scored on 14 straight possessions in a 33-17 run that buried their fellow BIG EAST newcomer.

McDermott opened the flurry with a three-pointer and would score 13 points in the run, which also included scores from Devin Brooks, Will Artino, Avery Dingman, Austin Chatman, Zach Hanson and Jahenns Manigat.

Creighton's lead was 53-24 at the break behind 24 points from McDermott, and the lead never  dropped under 25 in the second stanza.

McDermott had 28 points, moving up three spots and into 25th in NCAA history with 2,644 career points. He passed former Davidson and current Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry in the process.

Chatman was the only other Bluejay in double-figures, scoring 10 points. Creighton relied on its bench for much of the second half, and finished the game with 36 bench points including nine from Brooks and eight each from big men Hanson and Geoffrey Groselle. Creighton shot 55.6 percent for the game and 7-of-19 from deep in addition to 11-of-14 shooting at the line. Creighton won the rebound battle 44-33 and its four turnovers matched its fewest in 127 games under Greg McDermott.



Butler was paced by a dozen points from Kellen Dunham, though he was hounded into 5-for-14 shooting. Khyle Marshall scored 11 points for the Bulldogs, while Kameron Woods shook off an 0-for-9 shooting performance to snare a game-best 10 rebounds. The Bulldogs shot 35.3 percent for the game, and 31.8 percent from distance while owning a season-low three turnovers.

Creighton returns to action on Saturday when it visits Providence in a 7:07 pm Central tip on FOX Sports 1.

NOTES: According to Elias, Creighton is the first team in BIG EAST history to win its first five games as a member of that league ...Creighton wore its gray jerseys for the third time this year (also vs. Nebraska and Marquette), and have yet to trail in the alternate uni's ...Creighton improved to 8-0 on FOX Sports 1 all-time and hasn't trailed in its last 227:25 on the network ...Creighton has now won 10 home games for the 18th straight season, and 35 times in the past 45 seasons ... Butler's six losses entering the game had come by a combined 26 points, including four overtime setbacks ... Creighton has won 101 straight home games when scoring 78 or more points ... Ethan Wragge made the only two shot attempts he took, extending his streak to 13 straight games with two or more three-pointers. He now owns 992 career points ... Avery Dingman's seven rebounds were a career-high ...Creighton improved to 74-26 all-time as a ranked team in the Associated Press poll ...Creighton has not trailed in the second half during its 12-game home winning streak.
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