All-American Doug McDermott had a performance for the ages, making 14 straight field goals and scoring a JQH Arena record 39 points in Creighton’s 74-52 win at Missouri State on Friday night.
McDermott had 11 points at the half, then scored all the points in Creighton’s 18-5 run to start the second stanza as the Jays ran away from MSU. He made 14 straight shots from the field at one point, and the crowd gave a sarcastic cheer when his final shot of the night from the right wing was short with 4:17 to play.
Creighton (16-1, 5-0 MVC) has now won 10 straight games, and won its first six games away from home for the first time since 1942-43. The 16 wins are also tied for the national lead. Missouri State dropped to 5-12 (3-2 MVC).
Neither team was able to break away in a tight first half that featured 10 lead changes and four ties. The Jays closed on a 4-0 run to take a 32-27 lead into intermission, as McDermott led all players with 11 points at the half.
Missouri State missed its first three shots after intermission and Creighton took advantage, as McDermott scored on a pair of inside post moves to make it 36-27 and prompt a Bears timeout with 17:54 left. The Jays then forced another miss from long-range and McDermott’s traditional three-point play made it a double-figure advantage for the first time. After a Gavin Thurman three-pointer halted CU’s 11-0 run spanning the half, McDermott answered with a triple.
McDeermott’s 39 points were five away from his career high set last year at Bradley, and were tied for 13th most in CU history. McDermott joined Bob Portman and Benoit Benjamin as the only CU players in history with multiple efforts of 39 points or more. Jahenns Manigat added 11 points for Creighton, which shot 57.4 percent from the field and 52.9 percent from downtown.
MSU had three men in double-figures, led by 11 points from Keith Pickens and 10 each by Anthony Downing and Gavin Thurman. The Bears shot 37.9 percent from the field and were 5-of-23 behind the arc.
Creighton returns to action on Tuesday with a 7:00 pm game vs. Northern Iowa.