Blue Jays Fly Past Northwestern

Northwestern had no answer to contain No. 21 Creighton's high-powered attack. The Wildcats battled, but fell short against the Blue Jays, falling 87-79 in front of a hostile environment in Omaha.

Creighton forward Doug McDermott, the nation's leading scorer, was just too much for Northwestern. His 27 points helped No. 21 Creighton past Northwestern, 87-79, in front of a sellout crowd in Omaha.

McDermott was one of five Blue Jay scorers in double-figures. As a team, Creighton shot 52 percent from the field, and 57.1 percent from beyond the arc.

Northwestern junior forward Drew Crawford led all scorers with 34 points—one point away from his career-high. However, Crawford found himself in foul trouble throughout most of the second half, and was forced to the bench. He would later pick up his fifth and final foul with just over two minutes remaining.

Late in the first half, the Wildcats opened up an eight-point lead, their largest of the game. However, the Blue Jays would respond with a 12-3 to close out the half, giving themselves a halftime lead.

Northwestern briefly led in the opening minutes of the second half, thanks to a Drew Crawford three-pointer and a Davide Curletti three-point play. However, Creighton would respond. Doug McDermott and Jahenns Manigat propelled the Blue Jays on an 18-7 run, bringing them to an eight-point lead.

The Wildcats would respond with an 8-0 run to tie the score at 58 midway through the second half. As they did all game, the Blue Jays responded. Jahenns Manigat hit a three-pointer, then Ethan Wragge delivered a four-point play, which would be the dagger.

Northwestern next returns to the court on Dec. 28, when they travel to Columbus to meet with Ohio State. Tipoff is set for 4:30 CT. from Value City Arena.

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