Creighton’s first match-up with Iowa since 2001 was a lopsided affair, as the Bluejays shot 55.2 percent from the field and built a lead as large as 33 before posting an 82-59 win over the Hawkeyes before 12,746 fans at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa.
Creighton is now 4-0 on the season, while Iowa dropped to 3-1. The game was the third for both teams in the Dale Howard Classic, as both teams will host unbeaten Campbell in the coming days.
Doug McDermott scored 13 of Creighton’s first 18 points and the Jays used a 10-0 run to build up a 22-10 lead with 8:09 left in the first half. CU’s lead reached 31-18 on a three-pointer by Grant Gibbs. The Jays kept up their hot shooting, moving ahead 45-26 after consecutive treys by CU’s Avery Dingman and Josh Jones. Dingman made three trifectas, while McDermott had 18 points, as the Jays headed to halftime with a 45-29 lead.
Creighton went inside early and often to start the second half, a major reason they outscored the Hawkeyes 40-16 in the paint for the night. Gregory Echenique scored the first five points, while McDermott and Antoine Young also scored in the paint to bring CU’s lead to 56-36 with 14:48 to go. That started a 14-0 run that saw CU lead by as much as 66-36.
Creighton led by as much as 33 points (74-41 with 6:16 left) before settling for the final margin.