Behind a season-high 16 three-pointers, the Creighton men's basketball team closed out the non-conference season with a 90-58 win over Chicago State on Sunday, Dec. 29.
The 16 three-pointers were tied for second-most in Creighton history, as the four Bluejay seniors (Jahenns Manigat, Ethan Wragge, Doug McDermott and Grant Gibbs) combined to drill 15-of-21 attempts.
The win lifted Creighton to 10-2 on the season, while Chicago State fell to 5-8 overall.
For the fourth straight game, Creighton never trailed. The Bluejays led 12-5 after just five possessions after a pair of three-pointers, a dunk, a lay-up and two free throws in less than three minutes. McDermott would score 16 points, including four three-pointers, to help Creighton double up the Cougars 24-12 after six minutes.
CSU went to the long ball, including a pair of 30-foot heaves from Quinton Pippen, and would draw within 27-26 late in the first half before Manigat answered with a three-ball. The lead would remain at three or higher the rest of the day and was 45-38 at halftime. Creighton made 10 three-pointers in the first half while dishing an assist on all 13 field goals.
Creighton would open the second half on a 14-5 flurry that started with a Manigat trey and included three Wragge triples to stretch the lead to 62-44 with 12:37 left.
Creighton got strong bench play from freshman Zach Hanson in the final 10 minutes, as the forward tied a career-high with nine points. CU's lead reached as large as 33 (90-57) before a Markus Starks free throw closed the scoring in the final 30 seconds.
McDermott had yet another historic day, finishing with 24 points, six rebounds and season-best four assists. A three-pointer with 15:11 left in the first half made him the 64th player in NCAA history to surpass 2,500 career points, and he would end the day with 2,513 points to rank tied for 59th place all-time. McDermott was also a perfect 8-for-8 at the line. His 39 straight free throws eclipse the previous CU mark on record of 36 set by Booker Woodfox.
Manigat tied a career-high with five three-pointers to score a season-best 15 points, while Wragge had 15 points after making his first five attempts from long-range. Creighton shot 56.3 percent from the field, including 16-of-25 from deep, and also made 20-of-22 foul shots. The Jays won the battle of the boards 35-22 and had 24 assists on 27 baskets.
Chicago State was paced by 14 points from Corey Gray, while Quinton Pippen added 13 points and Matt Ross 11. The Cougars, who dropped to 0-8 away from home this season, shot 38 percent from the field, 10-of-24 from downtown and 10-of-17 at the line.
Creighton returns to action on Tuesday, Dec. 31 as the Bluejays open their first season as a member of the BIG EAST by hosting conference favorite Marquette at 9:02 pm.
NOTES: Doug McDermott now has scored 20 points in 11 of 12 games this year ... Creighton has won nine straight home games and not trailed in the second half (and just 8:06 at any point) during any of them ...Creighton improved to 12-0 in Sunday home games at CenturyLink Center Omaha that start after 4 pm Central ... Creighton has won 99 straight games when scoring 78+ points at home and 61 straight when scoring 90 points at any site ... The only other BIG EAST player to reach 2,500 career points is Boston College's Troy Bell (1999-2003) ... Creighton has held eight of 12 opponents under 40 percent this season.