Behind a season-high 16 three-pointers, the Creighton men’s basketball team closed out the non-conference season with a 90-58 win over Chicago State on Sunday, Dec. 29. The 16 three-pointers were tied for second-most in Creighton history, as the four Bluejay seniors (Jahenns Manigat, Ethan Wragge, Doug McDermott and Grant Gibbs) combined to drill 15-of-21 attempts. The win lifted Creighton to 10-2 on the season.
McDermott had yet another historic day, finishing with 24 points, six rebounds and season-best four assists. A three-pointer with 15:11 left in the first half made him the 64th player in NCAA history to surpass 2,500 career points, and he would end the day with 2,513 points to rank tied for 59th place all-time. McDermott was also a perfect 8-for-8 at the line. His 39 straight free throws eclipse the previous CU mark on record of 36 set by Booker Woodfox.
Manigat tied a career-high with five three-pointers to score a season-best 15 points, while Wragge had 15 points after making his first five attempts from long-range. Creighton shot 56.3 percent from the field, including 16-of-25 from deep, and also made 20-of-22 foul shots. The Jays won the battle of the boards 35-22 and had 24 assists on 27 baskets.
Creighton returns to action on Tuesday, Dec. 31 as the Bluejays open their first season as a member of the BIG EAST by hosting conference favorite Marquette at 9:02 pm.