Doug McDermott scored 14 of his 29 points in a six-and-a-half-minute stretch of the second half when Creighton pulled away from Evansville for an 87-70 win Saturday night at CenturyLink Center Omaha.
Gregory Echenique had 13 points and 13 rebounds, Jahenns Manigat added 13 points and Avery Dingman had 11 for the Bluejays (12-1), who won their Missouri Valley Conference opener. McDermott also had 10 rebounds for his second double-double of the season.
Colt Ryan, who scored an arena-record 43 points in his last visit, matched his season high with 25 for the Purple Aces (7-6, 0-1). Troy Taylor added 10 for Evansville, which has lost 14 straight in Omaha since 1999.
Evansville cut a 17-point deficit to seven early in the second half. McDermott wasn't much of a factor as he went scoreless during a span of 10:32 over the halves.