Doug McDermott had 30 points and 10 rebounds to lead Creighton to its seventh straight win, a 79-66 victory over Seton Hall Saturday afternoon in Newark, New Jersey.
The Bluejays improved to 12-2 and 2-0 in the Big East. Playing without big men Eugene Teague and Aaron Geramipoor, Seton Hall dropped to 10-5 (1-1).
McDermott had it going early and often, scoring 13 of Creighton's first 15 points as the Jays led shortly after the first media timeout. In the process, the senior forward moved into the top-50 in NCAA history in scoring.
Devin Brooks came off the bench after two quick fouls to Austin Chatman and provided a spark. His steal and score, followed by a three-pointer, gave CU a 23-16 lead and forced a Pirates timeout.
The Jays had a five-point play late in the first half when Jahenns Manigat hit a three-pointer just before SHU coach Kevin Willard was issued a technical foul. McDermott made both foul shots and CU led 45-30 before settling for a 45-33 halftime lead.
Seton Hall trimmed Creighton's lead to eight at 49-41, but Ethan Wragge drained a three-pointer to start a 9-2 run that included a three-point play by Grant Gibbs and a three-ball by Manigat.
Creighton's lead reached 69-48 before the Pirates fought back, putting together nine straight points, including seven from the line, to draw to within 12, but McDermott scored the next two buckets to end the rally.