Doug McDermott set a BIG EAST Tournament record with 27 points in the first half and No. 14 Creighton won its BIG EAST Tournament debut with an 84-62 victory over DePaul on Thursday.
Creighton (25-6) advances to the semifinal round on Friday 8:30 pm Central, where it meets Xavier.
McDermott made a career-high 7-of-9 three-pointers in the first half and added four two-pointers in the second half to finish with 35. He was joined in double-figures by Bluejay teammates Jahenns Manigat (12) and Austin Chatman (11). Chatman also supplied a game-high nine assists.
McDermott’s 27 points in the first half were the seventh time this year and 10th time in his illustrious career he’s surpassed 20 points in a half. It was one more than the previous event record for a half, and also made him the sixth player in NCAA history with three straight seasons of 800 or more points. Additionally, McDermott’s 11th 30-point game of the year is a school-record, and also his 35 points are the most ever by a player in their BIG EAST Tourney debut.
Creighton split two meetings with Xavier this season, winning 95-89 in Omaha on Jan. 12th before falling in Cincinnati 75-69 on March 1st. In the two games, Doug McDermott has led Creighton with 31.0 points and 8.5 rebounds per game, while Ethan Wragge (12.0 ppg.) and Devin Brooks (10.0 ppg.) have also averaged in double-figures.
Xavier has been paced by Semaj Christon (24.0 ppg.) and Justin Martin (20.0 ppg., 12.0 rpg.), with Dee Davis (14.5 ppg., 6.5 apg.) and Matt Stainbrook (10.0 ppg., 7.5 rpg.) not far behind. Xavier, which shoots 31.5 percent and makes 4.38 treys per game against the rest of the BIG EAST, is 21-of-42 from distance (10.5 makes per game, 50 percent) in two contests against Creighton this season.