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Creighton Defeats Drake in MVC Tourney First Round

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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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.

Creighton (25-7) will play the winner of Friday's second semifinal between Evansville and Indiana State.

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.


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