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Courtesy: Creighton Athletics

Three-Point Barrage Highlights Bluejay Madness

OMAHA, Neb. - In front of a standing room only crowd at D.J. Sokol Arena, the Creighton men's and women's basketball teams celebrated the beginning of their 2013-14 seasons with Bluejay Madness.

The ceremonial season opening event featured scrimmages from both squads as well as the annual three-point shooting contest.

Creighton's men's scrimmage kicked off the evening as Doug McDermott and Austin Chatman thrilled the crowd with two alley-oops.  Led by McDermott, the White team downed the Blue, 32-28. 

The Bluejay women's scrimmage battle featured Sarah Nelson and Marissa Janning for the White team, and Alyssa Kamphaus and McKenzie Fujan leading the Blue squad. Behind a combined 21 points from Fujan and Alexis Akin-Otiko, the Blue team earned a decisive 32-14 win.

The highlight of the evening was the three-point contest.  Eight teams of one men's player and one women's player began the event. The top four teams advanced to the quarterfinals

First Round:
Jahenns Manigat / Marissa Janning - 21
Ethan Wragge / Sarah Nelson - 18
Doug McDermott / MC McGrory - 16
James Milliken / Lauren Works - 14
Isaiah Zierden / Sammy Jensen - 13
Austin Chatman / McKenzie Fujan - 12
Avery Dingman / Tessa Leytem - 12
Grant Gibbs / Jordan Garrison - 8

Semifinals:
Milliken / Works - 18
McDermott / McGrory - 18
Manigat / Janning - 16
Wragge / Nelson - 11

Finals:
Milliken / Works - 19 (won in a playoff)
McDermott / McGrory - 19

The night concluded with the teams signing autographs for fans.

The men play their only exhibition against Northern State on Friday, Nov. 1, at CenturyLink Center Omaha. The women's basketball team plays its lone exhibition match at home against Fort Hays State on Monday, Nov. 4, with a 7 pm tip at D.J. Sokol Arena. 

Regular-season play begins on Nov. 8 as the men against Alcorn State at 7 pm, while the women's team faces Drake in Des Moines, Iowa at 7:05 pm.

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