On Saturday afternoon, Doug McDemott and company took their show on the road and visited Seton Hall for the Bluejays' first BIG EAST road game.
McDermott introduced himself to the fans at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The conference's pre-season player of the year scored 13 of Creighton's first 15 points. The only exception was a rare offensive rebound and put back from Ethan Wragge.
Although McDermott was off to one of his patented hot starts, the Pirates kept up with Creighton via the three. Triples from Brian Oliver, Sterling Gibbs and Fuquan Edwin helped tie the game at 13, five minutes and change into the game.
Creighton was without starting point guard Austin Chatman for most of the first half. A pair of quick fouls limited the junior to just two minutes of action. Reserve Devin Brooks picked up the slack, relieving Chatman to the tune of nine points, four rebounds and an assist in 14 first-half minutes.
After scoring all but two of the Jays' first 15 points, McDermott added nine over the next 14-plus minutes. McDermott had an efficient 22 points, seven boards and two dimes, as Creighton entered the break with a 45-33 advantage. Oliver hit 4-of-4 attempts from 3-point distance to lead Kevin Willard's squad with 12 points in the first 20.
McDermott added eight points, three rebounds and three assists in the second half, giving him 30, 10 and 5, respectively, for the game. Greg McDermott's squad held Oliver scoreless after the break, but Gibbs scored nine of his team-high 17 points after the break in the tightly contested second half.
Jahenns Manigat continued his run of strong shooting, making 4-of-8 attempts from deep and adding 14 points. Grant Gibbs scored 12, and Devin Brooks added 11 to cap the Jays in double figures. Chatman was relegated to the bench for all but eight minutes of the game, having picked up four fouls in that time.
Creighton won the battle on the boards 38-27. The Bluejay offense was much more proficient on the offensive end, finishing with 18 assists to just four turnovers, while the Pirates finished with seven of each.
Seton Hall now sits at 10-5 and 1-1 in the conference. After the win, Creighton moves to 11-2 overall and 2-0 in the BIG EAST. The Bluejays flew from New Jersey to Chicago ahead of Tuesday's scheduled match up at DePaul.
McDermott Does it All at Seton Hall
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