PEORIA, Ill. -- A 19-2 run midway through the second half helped Creighton to an 80-62 road win on Wednesday night at Bradley.
Creighton improved to 23-7 on the season and 12-5 in Missouri Valley Conference play with the victory while dropping Bradley to 16-14 (7-10 MVC). Combined with Wichita State's loss to Evansville, Creighton can win its first outright MVC regular-season title since 2000-01 on Saturday with a victory in a 1 pm game vs. the Shockers.
Creighton rode the back of All-American Doug McDermott in the first half. He scored Creighton's first eight points and had 16 of the club's 32 by halftime. He also drew eight Bradley fouls on the other end as CU reached the bonus at the 13:28 mark.
Creighton created some breathing room with a 19-2 run early in the second half. McDermott scored twice inside, and Will Artino scored on a lay-up to make it 48-40 and force a Geno Ford timeout. CU would get another stop and Jahenns Manigat drained a three-pointer, making it 51-40 for the first double-digit lead by either side. A Walt Lemon Jr. lay-up ended the run, but CU would respond by finding McDermott for three and Artino inside to force another timeout and a 56-42 lead. Chatman's pull-up jumper with 11:01 to play made it 58-42, and McDermott followed with a three-point play for a 61-42 score. Creighton's run extended to 31-6 eventually, and a 75-46 lead.
One season after scoring a career-high 44 points at Carver Arena, McDermott finished with game-best totals of 32 points and 11 rebounds. Artino provided a spark off the bench with 10 points and six rebounds, while five others had between 5-7 points.
Bradley was paced by 17 points form Lemon Jr., while Will Egolf had 11 points in his final home game.
The Jays dominated the glass all night long, finishing with a 41-20 edge.
Creighton closes the regular-season on Saturday with a 1:05 pm game vs. Wichita State. Fans are encouraged to wear white to help create a "White-Out" effect for the national television audience on ESPN2.
NOTES: Doug McDermott passed Marcus Wilson (Evansville) to move into 13th on the MVC's all-time scoring list ...Gregory Echenique surpassed 1,300 career points (including Rutgers) with a dunk early in the second half ...Creighton finished MVC road play 5-4 this year. The five Valley road wins are tied for the most in the MVC this season. Each of the last six times Creighton’s made the NCAA Tournament, it’s been 5-4 or better on the road in Valley play ...Creighton's 52 wins from 2011-13 are tied for the most in a two-year span in Creighton history with the 2001-03 and 2010-12 seasons...Creighton has won road games at Bradley, Illinois State and Southern Illinois in the same season for just the second time in 31 years of trying. CU also did it last year ...In the last 35 meetings between the schools, Creighton is 18-1 when holding Bradley to 65 points or less but 8-9 when it allows more than 65 points. Creighton has also won the last 27 meetings when it scores 70 points or more against BU.
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