NCAA Game Summary - North Texas at Creighton|
(Friday, November 9th)
Final Score: (16) Creighton 71, North Texas 51
Omaha, NE (Sports Network) - Doug McDermott poured in a game-high 21 points
and pulled down 11 rebounds to lead No. 16 Creighton to a 71-51 win over North
Texas on Friday.
Austin Chatman scored 11 points and Avery Dingman added 10 for the Bluejays
(1-0), who were eliminated in the third round of the NCAA tournament last
season by North Carolina.
"Once we settled down I thought we played really well," Creighton head coach
Greg McDermott said. "In the first half we turned it over too much, but
rebounded really well. In the second half we didn't rebound real well, but we
only had three turnovers."
Tony Mitchell scored a team-high 18 points and pulled down seven rebounds
while Alzee Williams and Jordan Williams each netted nine points for the Mean
Green (0-1), who finished 18-14 last season.
"I want to give Creighton a ton of credit," North Texas head coach Tony
Benford said. "They are a great basketball team that is well coached. They
shoot the ball so well, and they don't get enough credit for what they do on
the defensive end of the floor. That being said, we have to do a better job of
Creighton trailed just once in the first half, 13-11, but closed the half on a
19-5 run to take a 42-25 lead into the break.
A 14-5 run to open the second half, sparked by back-to-back 3-pointers from
Dingman, pushed the Bluejays' lead to 53-30 and Creighton never looked back,
allowing to get as close as 19 with just under 1 1/2 minutes left.
The Bluejays shot 58.3 percent from the field in the first half and finished
the game shooting at a 50 percent clip. The Creighton bench outscored North
Texas' reserves, 20-7.
Benford made his head coaching debut for North Texas. He had spent four
years as an assistant at Marquette before replacing Johnny Johns on the Mean
Creighton has won 18-stright home openers and 39 in a row at home in the month
of November ... The Bluejays trailed for just eight seconds the entire game
... The Mean Green had 11-game winning streak in season openers snapped.
11/10 00:20:29 ET