The Creighton men’s basketball team’s season ended just shy of a Sweet 16 appearance with a 66-50 loss to second seeded Duke in the third-round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament on Sunday night in Philadelphia.
While both teams struggled with their shooting in the first half, Duke opened with an 11-4 run, before Creighton grabbed a brief 21-20 lead with 3:19 left in the first half. However, Duke finished the half on a 9-2 run to lead 29-23 at the break. Doug McDermott led all players with 13 points in the first half, but Creighton, the nation’s leader in field goal percentage, shot a season low 29.6% in the first half. Their 23 points were also a season low.
The Bluejays played in foul trouble most of the way out as Grant Gibbs (16:56), Gregory Echenique (16:33) and McDermott (15:53) all had three personals by the first media timeout after intermission. Duke’s Amile Jefferson gave Duke its first double-digit lead at 43-32 with 10:32 to play, and Creighton never got closer than eight the rest of the way.
McDermott led Creighton with 21 points and nine rebounds, but shot 4-of-16 from the floor. Gregory Echenique had nine points, six reobunds and two blocks, while Gibbs finished with eight points, five rebounds and four assists in his final game. Creighton shot 30.2% from the field overall, making just 2-of-19 three-point attempts.
Doug McDermott moved into third on the MVC’s single-season scoring list among juniors, trailing only Oscar Robertson and Larry Bird