McDermott Scores 35 As Men's Basketball Stays Perfect in BIG EAST Play
OMAHA, Neb. - Doug McDermott showed no signs of a sprained shoulder, scoring 35 points as Creighton men's basketball won its ninth straight game in an entertaining 95-89 slugfest over Xavier on Sunday before 17,589 fans.
Creighton improved to 14-2 and is tied for first in the BIG EAST with a 4-0 mark. Xavier dropped to 13-4 and 3-1. Both teams entered the contest with eight-game win streaks.
McDermott's 35 point game was the sixth time this season he's reached the 30-point barrier, and 20th time in his career. The two-time First Team All-American also moved from 36th to 28th in NCAA history with 2,616 career points, passing legendary names such as Jimmer Fredette, Joe Dumars, Don MacLean, Mark Macon and Calbert Cheaney in the process.
Xavier came out firing, sinking four three-pointers in the first 129 seconds before a stunned crowd, taking an early 12-0 lead. McDermott answered with a pair of trifectas to help CU get within 15-8, only to see Matt Stainbrook scored twice and Semaj Christon once to give the Musketeers their biggest lead of the day at 21-8.
Sparked by a reserve unit that included Devin Brooks, Will Artino and Isaiah Zierden, the Bluejays battled back. CU embarked on a 15-1 spurt that included three triples to take its first lead at 23-22 on a trey from Ethan Wragge.
The teams traded two more times before Creighton took the lead for good 38-35 with 1:27 left in the first half on another Wragge trey. Creighton led 39-35 at the half in a fast-paced half that saw both teams sink seven three-point shots.
NOTES: Before falling behind 12-0 to start the game, Creighton hadn't trailed at home since Nov. 23rd (Tulsa), a span of 220:07 of gametime ...Creighton improved to 23-15 all-time at CenturyLink Center Omaha when falling behind by 10 or more points ...Creighton's 13-point deficit was its largest at home in the past two seasons ...Will Artino's eight rebounds tied a career-high and were a season-best ...Creighton has now won 22 straight games when Jahenns Manigat makes more than 50 percent of his three-point attempts ...Creighton also owns 22 straight wins when Manigat makes three or more three-pointers ...Avery Dingman made his first career start and threw down his second career dunk ...Creighton has won 100 straight home games when scoring 78 or more points and 62 straight at all sites when scoring 90 or more points.