MVC MEN: Creighton pulls away from feisty Drake late
ST. LOUIS – Doug McDermott scored 23 points to become Creighton’s all-time scoring leader and the top-seeded Bluejays defeated Drake 65-53 on Friday in the quarterfinals of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament.
In Saturday’s semifinals, Creighton (25-7) will play No. 5 seed Indiana State, which defeated Evansville 51-50 on Friday.
Will Artino scored 14 points off the bench and Gregory Echenique had 11 points, 11 rebounds and six blocked shots for Creighton, which enjoyed a 44-26 rebounding edge. Grant Gibbs had eight of the Bluejays’ 11 assists.
McDermott, a junior, now has 2,129 points – 13 more than Rodney Buford, who played for the Bluejays from 1995-99.
Richard Carter scored 14 points and Seth VanDeest scored 13 for the ninth-seeded Bulldogs (15-17). Jordan Clarke had 10 rebounds for Drake, which reached the quarterfinal by beating Bradley on Thursday night.
Illinois St. 73, UNI 65
Tyler Brown scored a game-high 28 points on 10-of-17 shooting that included a 6-for-8 performance from 3-point range, leading Illinois State to a 73-65 victory over Northern Iowa in the quarterfinals of the MVC tournament.
Brown, a Marshalltown Community College graduate, made the most 3-pointers in the MVC tourney since 2009.
Jackie Carmichael added his 15th double-double of the year for the Redbirds with 15 points and 10 rebounds to go with five blocked shots.
Northern Iowa had four players score in double figures, led by Marc Sonnen with 16. Anthony James added 15 points, Jake Koch had 14 and Deon Mitchell 10 for the Panthers (18-14).
Illinois State (18-14) will face Wichita State (25-7) in the 4:05 p.m. semifinal game to be televised by Fox Sports Midwest.