College basketball highlights: McDermott scores 39; Creighton leads Big East

February 17, 2014 

Doug McDermott matched his season high with 39 points and passed Larry Bird for 13th on the Division I career scoring chart, and the 18th-ranked Creighton Bluejays won 101-80 on Sunday to move into first place in the Big East, a half-game ahead of the No. 6 Villanova Wildcats.

Creighton's 21-point victory came less than a month after they hammered Villanova by 28 in Philadelphia on the strength of a record three-point shooting performance.

"I didn't think we could play much better than we did at Villanova," Creighton Coach Greg McDermott said. "But I'm not sure we didn't play better today. We didn't have the crazy shooting night from the three-point line, but the other parts of the game were really good."

Villanova Coach Jay Wright said getting blown out again was frustrating because he and his staff came up with a much different defensive plan. The Wildcats didn't double-team McDermott as much, and they denied the ball to three-point marksman Ethan Wragge.

McDermott did his thing, as usual, and Creighton's bench produced 39 points.

"They've got the best player in the country, and he makes everybody better around him," Wright said. "They're just a tough matchup for us. Our style of play and their style of play kind of leads to these kinds of games. We've got to find the answer if we face them again."

The Bluejays (21-4, 11-2) beat the same ranked opponent twice in the same season for the first time in program history. They also won their 16th straight at home, matching their longest streak since moving into the CenturyLink Center in 2003.

McDermott went over 30 points for the ninth time this season and 23rd time in his career. He took over the national scoring lead, at 25.9 points a game. He passed Bird, the Indiana State great of the late 1970s, on the NCAA's scoring list with his fourth three-pointer with 13:23 left.

"It's pretty crazy. That's one of my idols," he said. "Imagine if (Bird) had the three-point line and he stayed four years. He would be way ahead of me. It's really cool just to be in that category with some of those guys."

Mercer 89, Northern Kentucky 67: Langston Hall paced hot-shooting Mercer with a 25-point effort in Macon, Ga. The Bears opened the game with a 15-2 run and never looked back, taking a 52-30 lead into intermission.

Tyler White scored 16 points off the bench to lead Northern Kentucky.

Nebraska 60, No. 9 Michigan St. 51: Terran Petteway scored 23 points and Walter Pitchford added 18 for visiting Nebraska.

No. 4 Wichita St. 84, Evansville 68: Ron Baker scored 26 points and Fred VanVleet finished with 18 points, eight assists and five steals, leading undefeated Wichita State to a win at Evansville.

No. 21 Wisconsin 75, No. 15 Michigan 62: Frank Kaminsky had 25 points and 11 rebounds, and visiting Wisconsin smothered Michigan in the first half before holding on for the victory.

Temple 71, No. 23 SMU 64: Dalton Pepper scored 24 points and host Temple (7-17) defeated SMU.

Centre 90, Millsaps 56: Two days after seeing their 11-game winning streak snapped, the visiting Colonels sank 18 three-pointers, one shy of a school record.

Berea 95, IU Kokomo 78: Daishon Robinson's 21 points headlined six Berea players in double figures.

Lamar: Coach Pat Knight, son of Hall of Fame coach Bob Knight, was fired with the Cardinals having won just six games the past two seasons. Lamar is 3-22 and 2-11 in the Southland Conference this season.

Knight was 29-62 overall during his three seasons with Lamar. He guided the Cardinals to the NCAA Tournament and a 23-12 record in his first season.


No. 4 Louisville 82, Memphis 66: A quick burst to open the second half was all Louisville needed to pull away from host Memphis.

Emmonnie Henderson scored a career-best 19 points and Shoni Schimmel added 18 for the Cardinals (25-2, 13-1 American Athletic Conference).

Louisville connected on its first five shots of the second half, including a pair of three-pointers from Schimmel, to extend the lead to 53-32 with 16:13 left, enough for the Cardinals to coast home.

Henderson was 9-for-14 from the field, and Louisville shot 54 percent overall. Schimmel, who ranks second in the nation in three-pointers per game, was 4for-10 from outside the arc.

Asia Taylor added 13 for Louisville, which won its second straight and for the 18th time in 19 games.

No. 5 South Carolina 73, No. 19 LSU 57: South Carolina hadn't won at LSU in more than 20 years.

The Gamecocks ended that streak with relative ease. Aleighsa Welch and Tiffany Mitchell each scored 19 points.

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