Creighton Proves Too Much for DePaul

The Creighton Bluejays had more offensive firepower than DePaul could handle in a 81-62 defeat for the Blue Demons at Allstate Arena on Tuesday night.

Creighton (13-2, 3-0) fired away in the second half to pull away from DePaul (8-8, 0-3).

The Bluejays shot 52.4% from beyond the arc.

DePaul's focus was on Doug McDermott, who leads the Big East in scoring. The Blue Demons held McDermott to seven points in the first half by contesting shots and switching defenders on him.

"Our job was to go out there and make (McDermott) take tough shots," said DePaul senior guard Brandon Young.

"Their style is really tough for us to match up with," said DePaul coach Oliver Purnell. "When you pay that much attention to (McDermott) it really opens things up for their three point shooters, which is the second biggest strength of their team."

Creighton has balanced scoring. Five players finished in double-figures on the night. McDermott led the way for the Bluejays with 19 points, but only shot six of 16 from the floor. Avery Dingman contributed with 16 points off the bench. Ethan Wragge chipped in with 12 points, while Austin Chatman and Will Artino added 10 points apiece.

Young led all scorers with 24 points on nine of 16 shooting. It was a bounce-back game for Young after he went zero for nine at Marquette on Saturday.

Senior forward Cleveland Melvin added 16 points and six rebounds.

Freshman guard Billy Garrett, Jr. had a frustrating night going 0 for 10 from the field.

The Blue Demons now have less than 48 hours to prepare for their next game on the road at Butler on Thursday night.


- DePaul junior Jamee Crockett was suspended from tonight's game for a violation of team rules.

- Six NBA teams had scouts present for tonight's game to see McDermott.

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