No. 23 Creighton beats Tulsa 83-64
TULSA, Okla.—Sophomore Doug McDermott scored a career-high 35 points and No. 23 Creighton routed Tulsa 83-64 on Monday night.
The 6-foot-7 McDermott had 19 points in the first half on a variety of low-post bank shots as Tulsa elected not to double-team the nation's second-leading scorer.
McDermott finished 16 of 23 from the field and made both of his 3-point attempts.
The Bluejays (9-1) trailed 20-19 but went on an 8-0 run spurred by three baskets by Antoine Young. McDermott scored the Bluejays' final 11 points of the half as Creighton took a 42-34 lead.
Center Gregory Echenique, who played just 2 minutes in the first half, scored nine points in the opening 2:52 of the second before picking up his third foul as Creighton took a 51-34 lead. Tulsa never came closer than 12 points again.
Sophomore guard Jordan Clarkson scored 14 points and Tim Peete added 12 for Tulsa (5-7), which lost for the seventh time in nine games.
Tulsa, which has exceeded 70 points in two games, one of those in overtime, did not have the offensive firepower to keep pace with the Bluejays who average 86.3 points and shoot 51 percent, compared to 65.9 points and 43 percent for Tulsa.
McDermott hit a 27-footer with 1 second on the shot clock to push the lead to 60-40, then added another 3 on the next possession as if to emphasize his versatility to the NBA scouts in attendance.
The Bluejays made 34 of 58 field goals (58.6 percent).
Young had 14 points, four assists, four rebounds and
McDermott tied his career-high of 31 points on a floater with 7:30 left, then
ripped an offensive rebound from three Tulsa players on the next possession and laid it in to set a new personal best.
Tulsa shot 43 percent and was outrebounded 37-29.