Tar Heels End Jays' Record Men's Basketball Season, 87-73
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Kendall Marshall led fourth-ranked North Carolina with 18 points and John Henson returned from injury to log a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds as the Tar Heels ended Creighton's record-setting season by dealing the Bluejays an 87-73 los in the third round of the NCAA Tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum Sunday evening. Doug McDermott led Creighton with 20 points to cap his own record-setting season.
The 19th-ranked Bluejays ended their season in the round of 32 with a 29-6 overall record. Meanwhile the No. 1 seeded Tar Heels improved to 31-5 while advancing to the Sweet 16 in St. Louis next weekend.
Creighton led early, up 9-7 following a Gregory Echenique bucket with just over four minutes off the clock. The Jays still led with six minutes off the clock, when McDermott's free-throw gave Creighton a 12-11 lead with 13:44 to play. That was Creighton's final lead, as a layup from James Michael McAdoo started a 9-0 run for the Tar Heels which pushed the lead to eight points.
The Tar Heels lead surged to 15 points in the first half, but the Bluejays closed the half by scoring the final seven points to put the UNC lead at 43-35 at halftime.
UNC opened the half with four points and the Bluejays would never be within single digits again, as the Tar Heels would win 87-73.
McDermott led all players with 20 points and finished with nine rebounds as well. The sophomore made 8-of-19 field goal to set a single-season school record with 307 field goals this year. He finished the year with 801 points, a school record and ranked in the top-10 in MVC history.
Gregory Echenique added 12 points, six rebounds and two blocked shots, while Josh Jones and Antoine Young each finished with 10 points. Grant Gibbs pulled down a team-high and career-best 10 rebounds for the Bluejays.
Marshall added 11 assists to his team-high 18 points for UNC, as all five Tar Heel starters scored in double figures. Harrison Barnes scored 17, Reggie Bullock added 13 and Tyler Zeller had 11 points to join Hanson's double-double.
The game served as the final one in the careers for Young and fellow seniors Matthew Dorward, Ross Ferrarini and Derek Sebastian.
NOTES: Doug McDermott finished with a single-season Creighton record 801 points, as well as a team-leading 288 rebounds ...McDermott's 307 field goals are also a CU single-season mark and lead the country this year ...McDermott tied a school-record for three-point percentage in a season at 48.6 (54-111), the same numbers as school-record setter Jimmy Motz in 2004-05 ..Gregory Echenique blocked a team-best 57 shots (T-6th in Cu single-season history), while Grant Gibbs led the team with 176 assists and and 37 steals ...Creighton's 29 wins tie a school-record, also done in 2002-03 ...Doug McDermott became the second player (joining Duke's Kyle Singler) with two seasons of at least 581 points, 280 rebounds and 47 three-pointers since 1996-97 ...Creighton used the same starting five for all 35 games ...Creighton has never won consecutive NCAA Tournament games in 17 appearances ...Ethan Wragge had three three-pointers to give him 146 in his career, eighth-most in CU history ...Creighton last beat a top-10 team in 1974 ...Creighton will finish the season shooting 50.388 percent from the field and will likely finish second, just behind Missouri's 50.437 percent.