Creighton jumped out to a 20-2 lead after six minutes and never looked in a 91-61 win over Drake on Tuesday night at CenturyLink Center Omaha. Creighton’s ninth straight win propelled the Bluejays to a 15-1 overall record (4-0 MVC), the program’s best start since 2002-03.
The nation’s leader in three-point shooting, Creighton came out firing early by sinking its first three attempts from three-point range and take a 11-2 lead after four minutes. The lead extended to 20-2, and later a 9-0 run made it 39-10 with seven minutes still to play in the first half. By that point, Doug McDermott had made his first six shots and owned 14 points.
Junior Ethan Wragge tied his career-high with 22 points to lead Creighton, sinking six three-pointers for the third time this year. Joining him in double-figures were McDermott (16), Jahenns Manigat (13) and Grant Gibbs (10). In addition, Nevin Johnson added a career-best nine points in 12 minutes of action. The Jays shot 64.2 percent for the game, including 59.3 percent from three-point range and 58.3 percent from the line. Creighton dished 28 baskets on its 34 hoops, including nine helpers from Austin Chatman.
Creighton, along with Gonzaga, #1 Duke and #2 Michigan the only schools with 15 wins.
Creighton returns to action on Friday with a 7:05 pm game at Missouri State.