Doug McDermott saved his best for last.
On Saturday night in Omaha, the senior dropped a career-high 45 points on the "Senior Day" he could have skipped out on after his junior year.
Creighton defeated Providence 88-73 in front of a record crowd of 18,868 Saturday evening. McDermott set his career high after making 17-of-25 from the floor and 6-of-9 from the line. The two-time All-American scored 22 points in the first half, as the Jays opened up a 45-22 lead by the end of the first half.
The second half belonged to McDermott and the home crowd. The senior was left in the game after the final outcome was decided in order to set his career high. The presumed player of the year added seven rebounds to his 45 points.
Austin Chatman, the only non-senior in CU's starting lineup, was the only other Jay to reach double figures, finishing with 11 points. Bryce Cotton led the Friars with 23 points, all of which came after intermission, while LaDontae Henton scored 21.
McDermott scored his 3,000th career point in the second half and became the eighth player in collegiate history to reach the milestone. The senior will add to his incredible total later this week, as the Jays will advance to the Big East tournament as the No. 2 seed.
McDermott Burns Friars for 45
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