Creighton forward Doug McDermott has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week after averaging 27.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists in a pair of double-digit victories last week. McDermott has now earned the league’s top weekly award six times this season, tying The Valley’s all-time single-season mark first set by Bradley’s Hersey Hawkins in 1987-88. Hawkins (14) is the only player with more career Player of the Week recognitions than McDermott (11).
McDermott shot 58.1 percent from the floor (18-31), including 57.1 percent from 3-point range (8-14) and also made 90.9 percent of his free throws (10-11). His week began with 29 points, 10 rebounds and four assists in a 91-77 win vs. Missouri State. He sank 5-of-7 three-pointers in the victory. McDermott scored 18 of his points in the second half, and he¹s now scored 68 points in two meetings with MSU this season.
On Sunday, McDermott scored 17 of his game-high 25 points in the second half of a 75-58 win vs. Bradley. He made 9-of-15 shots and had the final nine points in Creighton¹s 12-0 second half run that gave the hosts a 17-point lead with less than five minutes left. The victory ensured Creighton’s 14th 20-win season in the past 15 years. McDermott’s big week give him a nation-best totals of 551 points and 191 field goals this season, and he’s just the fourth player in Creighton history with three straight seasons of 500 or more points.
Creighton (20-3, 9-2 MVC) returns to the court on Wednesday with a 6:05 pm CST game at Indiana State (14-8, 7-4 MVC).