Jays cruise past Hawks

At the 9:41 mark of the first half on Saturday afternoon, Creighton do-it-all junior Doug McDermott found Gregory Echenique for an and-one layup. His ensuing free throw gave the Bluejays a 26-7 lead just over half-way through the first half. From there, the Bluejays didn't relent.

Junior All-American Doug McDermott had 23 points and 6 rebounds for the 11th-ranked Creighton Bluejays on Saturday afternoon, en route to a completely dominating 80-51 victory over Phil Martelli's Saint Joseph's Hawks.

The Bluejays took a commanding 47-20 lead into the locker room at the half, and did nothing to take their foot off the pedal in the second half. In every single facet of the game, the Bluejays were the vastly superior team on Saturday.

Gregory Echenique was the only other Bluejay in double-figures, but that was all they needed in a game that didn't quite live up to its early billing.

St. Joe's travelled to Omaha riding a two-game winning streak, and an impressive 4-1 with their sole loss being a tight one to Florida State.

Out of the gate, it got ugly on Saturday though. In a hurry. Turnovers, poor shooting, and weak perimeter defense were the recipe for a blow-out loss.

St. Joe's shot 20-53 from the field in this one, with over half of their shots coming from behind the three-point line. From there, they shot only 7-28. Carl Jones and Langston Galloway combined to go 3-13 from three.

On the flip-side, Creighton went 10-21 from three, including 5-7 from Mr. McDermott.

Foul trouble plagued the Hawks in this one, as Halil Kanacevic and Ron Roberts both saw their minutes limited due to early fouls. In 26 minutes, Kanacevic, who missed the last game with back spasms, had 6 points, 5 turnovers, and 4 rebounds.

Going into the game, one would have thought that St. Joe's would utilize their imposing front-court of Kanacevic, Roberts, and CJ Aiken. It didn't quite play out that way. The three combined for only 15 points and 12 rebounds. Echenique and McDermott, on the other hand, combined for 39 points and 12 rebounds.

After a one-shot game against American, Ron Roberts only had 3 again today. His lack of touches, after beginning the year with three straight double-doubles, will likely be a major topic of conversation for the Hawk coaching staff.

The Hawks' most efficient offensive player in this one was actually sophomore forward Papa Ndao, who shot 3-5 for 8 points in 16 minutes. The lone Hawk in double figures was Langston Galloway, who had 10 points.

Saint Joseph's now sits at 4-2. They return to action on Tuesday night at Coppin State.

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