Creighton moves to 3-0
OMAHA, Neb. -- Sophomore Austin Chatman had a career-high 11 assists and Doug McDermott scored 24 points in 22 minutes as Creighton men's basketball rolled to an 87-58 victory over Presbyterian on Sunday afternoon before 16,801 fans.
Ranked 13th in the USA Today Coaches Poll and 15th by the Associated Press, Creighton has now started 3-0 for the 12th time in 14 seasons.
Presbyterian, which led at Georgia Tech at halftime on Wednesday and owned road wins at Cincinnati, Wake Forest and Auburn in the past three years, fell to 0-3.
McDermott, held to five points on Wednesday, scored Creighton's first seven points on Sunday, including a fast-break dunk off a feed from Grant Gibbs. Creighton broke open a 10-7 game with a 12-0 run featuring a Jahenns Manigat trey, then three consecutive Ethan Wragge three-pointers. With Chatman dishing nine assists and McDermott scoring 20 points, the Jays led 43-17 at the half.
Presbyterian never came closer than 26 points in the second half, with CU's largest lead coming at 87-58 with 2:11 to play.
Creighton shot 61.5 percent for the game, sinking 12-of-24 three-point attempts. The Jays dealt 24 assists on 32 baskets and outrebounded the Blue Hose 35-22. In addition to McDermott's 24 points, Wragge had 18 points while tying a career-high with six three-pointers.
Jordan Downing had 25 points to lead the Blue Hose.
Creighton returns home on Tuesday with a 7 pm game vs. Longwood.
NOTES: Creighton has won 26 straight home games (dating to 12/3/94) against teams that enter without a win ... Creighton has made 50% or better of its shots in each of its first three games for the first time since 2002-03. That team finished 29-5 ... Creighton has won 41 straight regular-season home games in November dating to 11/27/89 ... Creighton has won 40 straight non-conference home games against unranked foes ... Doug McDermott's 20 first-half points marked his fourth career half of 20 points or more, and were his second-most ever in a first half (21, Davidson, 2011) ... Creighton has won 92 straight home games when scoring 70 points or more ... Austin Chatman's previous high for assists was seven, which he had matched in the first 13 minutes on Sunday ... Doug McDermott had Creighton's first dunk of the year with a breakaway slam to give Creighton a 7-5 lead. He had just one dunk last season among his nation-leading 307 field goals.
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