Doug McDermott and the Creighton Bluejays have been lights-out all season, but despite a big night from the National Player of the Year front-runner, the Xavier Musketeers were able to knock off Creighton, 75-69.
McDermott was absolutely electric for most of the night, and that showed up in the box score. The versatile forward finished with 27 points on 9 for 18 shooting in the game, and he added 10 rebounds and 5 made three-pointers (in 12 attempts) for good measure. Unfortunately for McDermott and his team, though, the supporting cast had one of their worst games of the season.
As a team, Creighton shot just 39% from the floor and 29.4% from 3-point range against the stifling Xavier defense, and without McDermott’s contributions, those numbers would have dropped to 34% from the field and 22.7% from long range. It was an especially performance from the Creighton guards, with Austin Chatman and Jahenns Manigat combining to shoot 2-for-16, and Ethan Wragge wasn’t much better at just 3-for-10 in the game.
Xavier deserves all kinds of credit for their level of play in this one on both ends, and offensively, they were paced by the duo of Semaj Christon and Justin Martin. Christon led the way on the perimeter with 21 points and 4 steals, while Martin manned the paint in a big way, finishing with a 19-point, 16-rebound double-double.
This win cements the Musketeers as a no-doubt tournament team, but it also speaks to Creighton’s relative limitations. Nothing is easy on the road in college hoops, but if Doug McDermott can play this well and not lead them to victory, red flags begin to appear.