Mcdermott’s 30 lead Creighton by Akron

Top-ranked In­di­ana loses sopho­more for­ward for year to frac­tured kneecap.

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - Creighton’s Doug Mcdermott drives past Akron’s Jake Kret­zer dur­ing the Blue­jays’ vic­tory Sun­day. dave Weaver / as­so­ci­ated PRESS

Creighton coach Greg McDermott said he was “scared to death” of Akron head­ing into their game on Sun­day.

It turns out he had noth­ing to worry about.

His son, Doug, scored 20 of his 30 points in the first half, lead­ing the 16thranked host Blue­jays to a 77-61 vic­tory over the rusty Zips.

“This is a really good win,” Greg McDermott said. “Come March it will be ev­i­dent what a good win it is. Akron has played in six straight con­fer­ence cham­pi­onship games.”

Doug McDermott was 10 for 15 from the field, in­clud­ing a 6-for-8 per­for­mance from be­yond the arc. The six 3s set a ca­reer high for the ju­nior, who also had 30 points against Wis­con­sin last month.

Gre­gory Echenique added nine points and seven re­bounds for Creighton (9-1), which was in con­trol in the sec­ond half, hold­ing a dou­bledigit lead for all but 12 sec­onds against its op­po­nent from the Mid-Amer­i­can Con­fer­ence.

Zeke Mar­shall and Nick Har­ney had 12 points apiece for Akron (4-3), which is 0-25 against ranked op­po­nents since be­com­ing a Di­vi­sion I pro­gram in 1980-81.

The Zips, who came in av­er­ag­ing al­most 10 3point­ers a game, made a sea­son-low four in 17 at­tempts and were held to their low­est point to­tal of the sea­son in only their sec­ond game in 20 days.

No. 21 UNLV 76, Cal­i­for­nia 75: Quin­trell Thomas grabbed An­thony Mar­shall’s air­ball un­der the bas­ket and scored on a short hook shot with 1.2 sec­onds re­main­ing to lift the Run­nin’ Rebels (7-1) over the host Bears (6-2). An­thony Ben­nett had ca­reer-highs of 25 points and 13 re­bounds while lead­ing UNLV to its sixth straight win. Bryce Dejean-Jones also had a ca­reer-best 22 points. Allen Crabbe scored 18 for Cal­i­for­nia.

Hoosiers for­ward out for sea­son: No. 1 In­di­ana has lost sopho­more Austin Ether­ing­ton, who had surgery for a frac­tured left kneecap suf­fered in Satur­day’s vic­tory over Cen­tral Con­necti­cut State.

Women

No. 4 Duke 60, St. John’s 42: Elizabeth Wil­liams had 16 points and five blocks to help the Blue Devils (8-0) de­feat the Red Storm (43) in the sev­enth an­nual Mag­gie Dixon Clas­sic in New York. Nadi­rah McKenith had 19 points for St. John’s. Rut­gers (5-3) routed Louisiana Tech (25) 73-46 in the first game of the women’s dou­ble­header played in honor of Dixon, the former Army women’s bas­ket­ball coach who died in April 2006 of ar­rhyth­mia, prob­a­bly caused by an en­larged heart.

No. 7 Ken­tucky 68, Mid­dle Ten­nessee State 56: DeNe­sha Stall­worth had 16 points, and the host Wild­cats (8-1) used a first-half surge to de­feat the Blue Raiders (6-4). Ice­lyn Elie had 15 points and 13 re­bounds for Mid­dle Ten­nessee State.

No. 10 Penn State 97, Ge­orge­town 74: Mag­gie Lu­cas made 7 of 13 3point­ers and fin­ished with a ca­reer-high 39 points to lead the host Lady Lions (7-2) over the Hoyas (7-3). Sugar Rodgers scored 22 for Ge­orge­town, which had won three in a row.

No. 15 Pur­due 68, Ten­nessee-Martin 60: Sam Ostarello scored 14 of her 16 points in the sec­ond half, and Tay­lor Manuel also scored 16 as the Boil­er­mak­ers (9-1) ral­lied to de­feat the host Sky­hawks (4-7).

No. 17 Kansas 97, New­man 64: Carolyn Davis scored 24 points and the host Jay­hawks (81) never trailed in a rout of the Di­vi­sion II Jets (4-7). Chelsea Gard­ner added 17 points and nine re­bounds for the Jay­hawks.

No. 20 Ohio State 81, Lafayette 41: Tayler Hill scored 19 points and the host Buck­eyes (6-2) never trailed in de­feat­ing the Leop­ards (3-7) for their 28th straight home win.

No. 22 Iowa State 60, Fair­field 43: Hal­lie Christof­fer­son scored 18 points as the host Cy­clones (6-1) beat the Stags (5-3). Chelsea Pop­pens, back af­ter miss­ing three games with a con­cus­sion, had 12 points and nine re­bounds for Iowa State. Katie Cizyn­ski had 13 points to lead Fair­field.

Kevin Du­rant scored 27 points, Kevin Martin added 24 and the host Ok­la­homa City Thun­der beat the In­di­ana Pac­ers 104-93 on Sun­day night for their eighth straight win.

A matchup of the NBA’s high­est-scor­ing of­fense and the league’s stingi­est de­fense went the Thun­der’s way as they eclipsed 100 points for the 12th straight game.

Rus­sell West­brook added 21 points and came up with a big block against 7-foot-2 cen­ter Roy Hib­bert — 11 inches taller — dur­ing a late 8-0 burst by the Thun­der that put it away af­ter the Pac­ers had pulled within three.

David West led the way with 21 points for In­di­ana, which had all five starters score in dou­ble fig­ures.

The Thun­der were just the fifth team to top 100 points this sea­son against In­di­ana, which had been al­low­ing just 91.2 points per game. The Pac­ers are 1-4 in those games.

The league’s worst shoot­ing team at 41.5 per­cent from the field, In­di­ana was con­nect­ing on 59 per­cent mid­way through the third quar­ter be­fore a 1-for-13 dry spell al­lowed Ok­la­homa City to move ahead to stay.

Knicks 112, Nuggets 106: Carmelo An­thony re­turned from a two-game ab­sence with 34 points against his former team as New York re­mained the NBA’s lone un­beaten team at home.

Back in the start­ing lineup af­ter miss­ing two games with a cut on the mid­dle fin­ger of his left hand that re­quired stitches, An­thony twice made bas­kets in the fi­nal 2:08 af­ter Den­ver had pulled within four points.

Bucks 97, Nets 88: Bran­don Jen­nings scored 26 points, Monta El­lis had 24 points and vis­it­ing Mil­wau­kee with­stood Brook­lyn’s fourth-quar­ter rally.

The Bucks led by 29 points with 6:59 left in the third quar­ter but Brook­lyn got within six be­fore the Bucks pulled away in the fi­nal two min­utes.

Deron Wil­liams had 18 points and eight as­sists and John Wal­lace added 16 points and 16 re­bounds for the strug­gling Nets, who have lost their last four.

Clip­pers 102, Rap­tors 83: Ja­mal Craw­ford led a fourth-quar­ter rally by the re­serves with 16 points and host Los An­ge­les won its sixth in a row while hand­ing Toronto its 10th con­sec­u­tive road loss.

The back­ups gave the Clip­pers their first dou­bledigit lead of the game af­ter Toronto kept it close through the first three pe­ri­ods be­fore drop­ping its fourth straight and 10th in its last 11.

Magic 98, Suns 90: Rookie An­drew Ni­chol­son scored nine of his ca­reer-high 19 points in the fourth quar­ter as vis­it­ing Or­lando pulled away to hand Phoenix Suns its sev­enth loss in a row.

Ni­chol­son made 9 of 11 shots and grabbed nine re­bounds, also the best of his young ca­reer.

J.J. Redick scored 17 of his 20 points in the first half for the Magic.

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