Creighton snapped a three-game losing streak by putting on a shooting clinic in Tuesday night’s 88-69 win at Southern Illinois on Tuesday. The Jays torched the nets to the tune of a 77.5 percent mark from the field, breaking a 28-year-old MVC record, and were also 85.7 percent (12-14) from three point range.
With Doug McDermott sidelined by two fouls in the first 10 minutes of the game, Creighton used its long-range accuracy to build a 39-30 halftime lead. Jahenns Manigat, who came in a 2-for-12 slump his previous three games, made his first three three-point attempts to score nine points. Likewise, Ethan Wragge was 3-for-4 from downtown to score nine points at half, while Antoine Young had a game-high 12 at the break. Creighton shot 75 percent in the first half, and were 6-of-7 from deep.
Creighton (22-5, 12-4 MVC) went inside to start the second half, and it paid off. McDermott scored CU’s first seven points and Echenique the next four as part of an 11-6 surge that handed the Jays their largest lead to at 50-36.
Five men scored in double-figures for Creighton, a group led by McDermott’s 18 points on 7-of-7 shooting. Creighton’s 77.5 percent shooting broke the previous Valley record of 74.5 percent (38-51) by Bradley vs. West Texas State on Jan. 28, 1984.