3:00 PM ET, March 22, 2013
Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
PHILADELPHIA -- Doug McDermott can put his decision about whether to stay at Creighton or bolt for the NBA on hold.He'll let the Bluejays' NCAA run play a factor in deciding his fate.Whether he stays or goes, McDermott showed why he's an All-American on Friday. He scored 27 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and made all 11 free throws to help Creighton hold on to beat Cincinnati 67-63 in the second round of the Midwest Regional.
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MVP: Doug McDermott. The Wooden Award candidate finished with 27 points, but that's not what made him so important. It's when he scored -- time and place. With Cincinnati threatening, the Bluejays got the ball in his hands and he wisely drove from the right to the basket, knowing he'd get fouled. He did and he sunk both free throws -- and hit two more in final minute. He was a perfect 11-for-11 from the line.
X factor: The free throw line. Creighton, a good shooting team, not surprisingly went 22-of-25 from the stripe, including 9-of-10 down the stretch. Meanwhile Cincinnati only hit 4-of-9 for the game, missing three critical freebies in the last minute.
That was ... proof Creighton isn't just one guy: Sure, without McDermott the Bluejays aren't here, but because he preoccupies the opponent's attention, it gives his teammates chances. And they can take advantage of them. Gregory Echenique and Ethan Wragge were the beneficiaries in this game, scoring 13 and 12, respectively.
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||27-64 (.422)||19-42 (.452)|
|3P Made-Attempted||5-20 (.250)||7-15 (.467)|
|FT Made-Attempted||4-9 (.444)||22-25 (.880)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||21 (0/0)||11 (0/0)|
|» Mar 22, 2013||@CREI 67, CIN 63||Recap|
Creighton defeated Cincinnati 67-63 Friday, despite attempting 22 fewer field goals. The Bluejays outscored the Bearcats by 18 points from the foul line. Doug McDermott made more free throws (11) than the entire Cincinnati team attempted (9). McDermott and Gregory Echenique each drew six fouls, which is one more than the 11 Cincinnati drew as a team.
Doug McDermott is the fifth player in Creighton history to score 25 or more points in an NCAA Tournament game.
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