Doug McDermott, coming back from a sprained shoulder, scored 35 points as Creighton men’s basketball won its ninth straight game in a 95-89 victory over Xavier on Sunday. Creighton improved to 14-2 and is tied for first in the BIG EAST with a 4-0 mark. Xavier dropped to 13-4 and 3-1. Both teams entered the game with eight-game win streaks.
McDermott’s 35 point game was the sixth time this season he’s reached the 30-point barrier, and 20th time in his career. The two-time First Team All-American also moved from 36th to 28th in NCAA history with 2,616 career points, passing Jimmer Fredette, Joe Dumars, Don MacLean, Mark Macon and Calbert Cheaney in the process.
Playing in front of a dozen scouts and four NBA General Managers, McDermott scored 35 points on 13-of-24 shooting, adding seven rebounds. Ethan Wragge had 15 points. The Bluejays were 30-of-55 shots and were 14-of-28 from three-point territory.
Creighton returns to action on Tuesday at 8:07 pm when it hosts Butler.