OMAHA, Neb. -- Doug McDermott scored 20 points in 20 minutes to lead five players in double-figures as Creighton men's basketball opened up the 2013-14 season with a 107-61 win over Alcorn State on Friday night. The 107 points was tied for the eighth-most points in school history, and most ever in a season opener.
The game was played before a sellout crowd of 17,740, the largest season-opening crowd in program history and ninth-largest ever.
Alcorn State was paced by 16 points form Octavius Brown and Twann Oakley.
McDermott was honored prior to the game as Creighton's all-time leading scorer, then hit lay-ups on each of the first three possessions to spearhead a Bluejay offense that sank its first five shots. CU led 16-7 after a corner three-pointer by Ethan Wragge, only to have ASU rally to take a 23-22 lead at the midpoint of the first half.
The Jays would respond with a 12-0 burst, getting four points each from McDermott and Artino, and would not be threatened again. CU led 52-33 at the break, led by 18 points from McDermott.
A halfitme pep talk helped Creighton clamp down defensively in the second stanza, which saw the Jays outscore the Braves 25-4 in the first 9:32. Key in the burst was a 16-0 run capped by a Zach Hanson hoop inside that made it 77-40.
Creighton broke the 100-point milestone on a Brooks free throw with 2:29 left. The Bluejay lead would reach as large as 51 points on two occasions before settling for the 107-61 margin.
Creighton shot 55.6 percent from the field, including 11-of-24 from downtown and 26-of-36 at the line. CU won the rebound battle 45-26 and owned 25 assists on 35 baskets while owning just six turnovers. The Bluejays outscored the ASU bench 54-16, 33-2 off turnovers and 17-2 on the break.
Creighton returns to action on Monday night with a 7:02 pm contest vs. UMKC (0-1).
NOTES: Creighton's 107 points were its most in an opener, one more than the 106-50 win vs. Texas-Arlington in 2002-03 ...Eight of Creighton's previous 18 NCAA Tournament teams scored 90 or more points in the season opener ...Doug McDermott's lay-up on CU's first trip moved him atop CU's all-time record in field goals with 812. He entered the year tied with Chad Gallagher (1987-91) ...Doug McDermott's streak of 28 straight free throws was snapped. it was tied for fourth-longest in program history ...Creighton has won 28 straight home games vs. winless teams dating to 1994 ...Alcorn State has lost 42 straight non-conference road games by an average of 28.5 points ...Creighton is 42-0 all-time in home games on or before Nov. 26th ...Creighton has won every Friday home game its played since 1989 by double-digits and hasn't lost a Friday home game since 1975 ...Creighton improved to 81-15 on opening day, with 10 of the past 14 by 20+ points ...Creighton is now 85-11 in home openers all-time after its 19th straight home opening victory ...Greg McDermott has won 12 straight regular-season openers.
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