Creighton downs Wisconsin to reach Vegas Invitational final
Las Vegas, NV (Sports Network) - Doug McDermott scored 30 points and grabbed eight rebounds, and No. 14 Creighton advanced to the finals of the Las Vegas Invitational with an 84-74 victory over Wisconsin at the Orleans Arena.
Ethan Wragge donated 17 points and Austin Chatman netted 14 for the Bluejays (5-0), who will next play Arizona State in the championship round on Saturday.
Jared Berggren carried the Badgers (3-2) with 27 points, while Ryan Evans and George Marshall added 15 and 13 points, respectively, in defeat.
The Badgers, known for their defense, held Creighton to a respectable 38 percent shooting in the opening 20 minutes, but only led 39-38 at the break.
The Bluejays caught fire midway through the second half, starting with a Wragge 3-pointer that resulted in a 61-60 lead with just under eight minutes to play.
The bucket started a string on nine straight possessions in which Creighton came away with points, and the 20-6 run gave the Bluejays a 78-66 lead.
Wragge hit another triple during the six-minute stretch, and the Bluejays made 10 straight free throws in the final 3:05 to come away victorious.
Creighton went 3-0 against Big Ten teams last season ... The Bluejays outscored the Badgers at the foul line, 22-12 ... Creighton shot 62 percent from the field in the second half ... Wisconsin won the only other meeting between these two teams back in 1949.
11/24 00:59:07 ET