OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Doug McDermott wasn't scoring, Evansville was coming back, and Creighton's fans were getting nervous.
As if on cue, the returning All-American found his rhythm again, scoring 14 of his 29 points in a 6-minute stretch of the second half to help No. 16 Creighton pull away for an 87-70 victory on Saturday night.
The Purple Aces had cut Creighton's lead to 10 points early in the second half when Grant Gibbs missed a jumper that McDermott put back to end a drought that lasted 10 minutes. By the time McDermott's flurry ended, the Bluejays led by 20 and were on their way to a sixth straight win.
"They did a really good job of defending me, were really physical with me and crowded the lane like they usually do," McDermott said. "I wasn't worried about scoring because if they put all that attention on me, it just opens the floor up for my teammates. Once I got that putback, it got me to play a little harder on both ends."
Gregory Echenique had 13 points and 13 rebound...