Creighton overcame a 44-28 halftime deficit to take a second-half lead, but it wasn’t enough as Drake held on for a 74-69 win at Drake Knapp Center on Wednesday evening. #17/12 Creighton lost its second straight and dropped to 17-3 (6-2 MVC).
The Bulldogs were led by Richard Carter, who tied a career-high with 20 points.
McDermott led Creighton with 17 points at the break, while Grant Gibbs had four steals. The Jays were outscored 24-5 in the seven minutes without Gibbs. Drake’s first half was paced by 14 points from Carter, while Daddy Ugbede had a career-best eight points in nine first half minutes. DU outrebounded CU 22-13 in the half and owned a 25-2 edge in bench points.
Creighton came out with intensity to start the second half. Scoreless in the first half, Gibbs had six points during a 10-3 run that prompted another DU timeout as the Jays chipped away its deficit to just nine points. Two scores from Will Artino and a three-pointer by Gibbs trimmed the deficit to two (53-51) with 11:48 to go.
The Jays got within one point before consecutive treys by Jeremy Jeffers, but CU’s Ethan Wragge’s answered with a corner trey and Austin Chatman followed two minutes later with a three-pointer of his own to make it 61-60.
The Jays took their first lead since the early minutes when Artino fed McDermott for the All-American’s first points of the second half at 62-61 with 7:11 left. But Drake tied it on a Micah Mason free throw and went back ahead on a Simons jumper from the left wing.
Down by three in the closing minutes, the Jays had a pair of chances to tie it but were off the mark on three-point attempts by Ethan Wragge and Jahenns Manigat. Carter’s floater with 51.0 left rolled in to give Drake a five-point lead.
McDermott finished with 19 points while Gibbs had all 18 of his points after intermission. Creighton shot 5-of-21 from three-point range and 45.0 percent from the floor.
Creighton returns to the court on Sunday for a 7 pm game at Southern Illinois.
Story courtesy of GoCreighton.com