No. 13 Creighton 74, Missouri St. 52

Associated Press  |  Last updated January 11, 2013
Doug McDermott scored a season-high 39 points, including all 18 for Creighton in the first 7:12 of the second half, and the 13th-ranked Bluejays beat Missouri State 74-52 on Friday night. McDermott, the reigning Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year, was perfect on his first 10 field goal attempts in the second half as he led the Bluejays to their 10th consecutive win. Creighton (16-1, 5-0) led 32-27 after a sluggish first half in which Missouri State (5-12, 3-2) deliberately ran a slow, half-court offense and then took advantage when the Bluejays left an opening. McDermott outscored Missouri State 18-5 over the first 7:12 after halftime. He finally missed from the field with about 5 minutes left and soon his night was done. McDermott shot 15 of 19 from the floor and 6 for 7 at the foul line. He also grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds. His 39 points were five more than he had against California last month and five shy of his career high set a year ago. Keith Pickens scored 11 points and Anthony Downing added 10 to lead the Bears, who shot 11 of 31 in the second half as Creighton scuttled their surprising start to the conference season. With McDermott putting on a show, the Bluejays stifled Missouri State and benefited from the Bears' impatience. They were 3 of 15 on 3-pointers after halftime. It was a tough setback for Missouri State, which was playing well after a 2-10 start this season. Creighton struggled to establish a rhythm in the first half as Missouri State employed a defense that dared the Bluejays to hit 3-pointers while the Bears doubled 6-foot-9 Gregory Echenique. Echenique, who averages almost 11 points and eight rebounds per game, had only one field goal in 10 minutes of first-half play. The Bears got a nice lift from little-used reserve Tommie Aromora, who hit a pair of baskets, including a 3-pointer, as Missouri State stayed close throughout the first half. But the Bears withered and clearly missed freshman guard Marcus Marshall, a starter who injured his ankle in Tuesday's surprise win against Illinois State. Jahenns Maniget scored 11 points for the Bluejays, who shot 57 percent (27 of 47) for the game.
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