Doug McDermott tied a season-high with 39 points, passing Larry Bird on the NCAA’s all-time scoring list in the process, to lead No. 18 Creighton to first place in the BIG EAST Conference with a 101-80 win over No. 6 Villanova on Sunday.
Creighton improved to 21-4 (11-2 BIG EAST) with its 16th straight home win, tying a CenturyLink Center Omaha record. The Bluejays have not trailed in the second half in any of those 16 victories.
In front of the second-largest crowd in Creighton history (18,797), the Bluejays broke away from a 35-31 lead with a 15-6 run to close out the first half and take a 50-37 lead into the locker room. McDermott, who scored CU’s first 11 points, had 22 points by halftime on 8-of-11 shooting in the opening period.
Creighton’s lead never dipped below 11 points in the second half. McDermott moved into 13th on the all-time scoring chart with a three-pointer with 13:23 left to pass one of his idols, Bird, part of a day that saw the National Player of the Year favorite go 13-for-17 from the field, 4-for-6 from distance and 9-for-9 from the line while putting up 39 points in 35 minutes.
Creighton returns to action on Wednesday when it visits league favorite Marquette at 7:02 pm.
Story courtesy of GoCreighton.com