Creighton (19-3, 10-1) honored Ethan Wragge by hosting "Lumberjack Night" during Creighton's 78-66 win over DePaul on Friday, but it was Doug McDermott who chopped the Blue Demons down in front of a crowd of 18,323 fans decked out in fake beards and flannel shirts.
McDermott finished with 32 points and nine rebounds on the night he also tallied his thousandth career field goal and rebound. The senior hit 9-21 from the floor and 13-14 from the free throw line in the victory. Austin Chatman was the only other Bluejay in double figures, finishing with 11 points. Grant Gibbs returned from the injury he suffered in the first matchup with DePaul and finished with seven points, five rebounds and eight assists to just one turnover. The man of the evening, Wragge, hit three triples and finished with nine points and four rebounds.
Brandon Young led the visitors with 16 points on 5-17 shooting, while Forrest Robinson hit three triples and finished with 11 points.
A Robinson three tied the game at 13 six minutes into the action. A couple minutes later, Gibbs and McDermott connected on an alley-oop that exposed DePaul's 2-3 zone and capped a 13-2 Bluejay run. The lead alternated between single and double digits the rest of the half, and Creighton entered the locker room with a 39-31 lead at halftime.
Gibbs's 3-pointer five-and-a-half minutes into the second half pushed the lead to 10 once again, but Oliver Purnell's team would not fade. Creighton's lead was reduced to one numerous times in the second half. A timely jumper from Will Artino and a pair of made free throws from McDermott created breathing room when the Blue Demons threatened to take the lead. McDermott carried the Bluejay offense from the free throw line the rest of the way, making all six of his attempts in the final five minutes.
The Blue Demons exposed CU on the glass, grabbing 41 rebounds to Creighton's 31. DePaul scored 20 second-chance points to the Jays' nine.
Creighton returns to action on Sunday at Madison Square Garden where they will face a hot St. John's team.
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