NCAA Game Summary - St. John's at Creighton
(Tuesday, January 28th)
Final Score: (20) Creighton 63, St. John's 60
Omaha, NE (SportsNetwork.com) - Doug McDermott's 3-pointer with 2.8 seconds
left lifted No. 20 Creighton to a 63-60 win over St. John's at CenturyLink
The Red Storm (12-9, 2-6 Big East) rallied from 18 down to tie the game at
58-58 with 1:22 left on a JaKarr Sampson layup. Ethan Wragge then found
McDermott on the right side on the other end and McDermott dribbled past his
defender and got a tough left-handed floater to fall to give the Bluejays
(18-3, 8-1) a 60-58 edge.
St. John's freshman Rysheed Jordan was called for a charge at the other end,
but another tough shot from McDermott drew iron, and Jefferson was fouled away
from the basket.
Jordan calmly converted a pair of free throws with 11.1 seconds showing to
knot things up yet again.
McDermott was wide open from well behind 3-point line at the top of the key
and buried the game-winner.
Phil Greene IV launched a desperation heave from halfcourt at the buzzer, but
it was nowhere near the rim as Creighton held on.
McDermott, who went 5-for-9 from 3-point range, finished with a season-high 39
points. He was the only player in double figures for Creighton, winners in
"I don't spend much time thinking about that, don't think Doug does either,"
Creighton coach Greg McDermott said of Doug McDermott's national player of the
year consideration. "He came back for a reason, he wanted to accomplish
something with these guys. This will be a night he will never forget.
"He's made strides, he continues to improve. He's made strides defensively.
I'll have to fight him a little to make sure he gets rest for this stretch
D'Angelo Harrison scored 15 points, while Jordan and Chris Obekpa scored 11
points apiece for St. John's, which had a three-game winning streak snapped.
The Bluejays outscored the Red Storm 19-5 over the first eight minutes of the
second half to build a 48-30 lead. St. John's went a dismal 1-of-11 from the
field over that stretch.
Harrison's layup with 10:42 left ignited a 22-8 run to make it a two
possession game, 56-52, with just 3:22 left. Harrison scored 11 points on the
run on 4-of-4 shooting from the field.
Jahenns Manigat's layup made it 58-52 moments later, but St. John's scored
six unanswered points to tie the game at 58-58.
Creighton used a 16-4 run to take a 20-10 lead with 9:33 left in the first
half. Max Hooper and Obekpa hit back-to-back 3-pointers to make it a six-point
game, but the Bluejays stretched the lead back to nine, 27-18 on McDermott's
3-pointer at the 4:59 mark.
St. John's closed the half on a 7-2 run to make it 29-25 at the break.
McDermott has seven games this season with at least 30 points ... McDermott's
career-high is 41 points ... Creighton committed a season-high 17 turnovers
leading to 21 St. John's points ... The Bluejays have not trailed at home in
the second half this season ... Sampson scored 10 points and pulled down six
rebounds ... Jordan and Harrison had three steals apiece.
01/28 23:48:25 ET
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