Mar 22, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Creighton Bluejays forward Doug McDermott (3) celebrates with guard Jahenns Manigat (12) during the first half against the Cincinnati Bearcats during the second round of the 2013 NCAA tournament at the Wells Fargo Center. Duke defeated Albany 73-61. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Doug McDermott Goes for 37 Points as Creighton Tops UMKC 96-73

Doug McDermott, the Preseason All-American and Big East Player of the Year, made it look easy against the UMKC Kangaroos.

He had 25 points at the half on 10 of 15 shooting, as the Bluejays took a 48-31 lead into the break.  He finished 15-25 from the field including 5-10 from three for 37 total points on the night as Creighton won 96-73 to improve to 2-0.  If the game had been closer, 40 points would have been a lock and we could have even been talking about 50.  He looked that good.

Every time he touched the ball you assumed it was going to be another bucket for the senior.  His shot was on, but his play in the low post with a wide repertoire of moves was also working.  McDermott is recognized as a great scorer, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a more intelligent offensive player in the country than him.

But he obviously couldn’t achieve such great successes without his teammates.

One of the key contributors in the victory was point guard Austin Chatman.  The junior finished with 12 points, nine assists and seven rebounds.  He also made two of his three 3-point attempts.  But it was his ability to push the pace and create opportunities for his teammates that was most noticeable.

The Bluejays now travel to play Saint Joseph’s this Saturday.  Creighton won their matchup against the Hawks last season at home 80-51, but lost the year before at their place 80-71.

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