Creighton 81, DePaul 62

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[January 08, 2014]  ROSEMONT  Creighton 81, DePaul 62: Doug McDermott scored 19 points as the Bluejays pulled away late to earn a road win over the Blue Demons.

Avery Dingman had a season-high 16 points and five rebounds off the bench for Creighton (13-2, 3-0 Big East), which hit 11-of-21 from 3-point range. Ethan Wragge had 12 points  on 4-of-8 shooting from 3-point range  and seven rebounds, while Austin Chatman and Will Artino each added 10.

Brandon Young had 24 points and five assists for DePaul (8-8, 0-3), which hit just 6-of-23 from beyond the arc. Cleveland Melvin added 16 points and six rebounds while Tommy Hamilton IV scored nine points off the bench for the Blue Demons.

DePaul played well in the early going, leading for much of the first half and holding a four-point advantage with just over six minutes to go. But Creighton closed on a13-4 run, capped by McDermott's lay-up with less than a second remaining, to take a five-point halftime advantage.

The Bluejays pushed the lead to15 by the midway point of the second half before the Blue Demons rallied back to within six with just over seven minutes to go. But a 7-0 run over the next two minutes pushed the lead back to 13, and DePaul could never make another serious push.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Creighton G Grant Gibbs suffered an undisclosed injury in the first half and didn't return. DePaul freshman G Billy Garrett Jr. came into the game averaging 11 points but went 0-for-10 from the field, including 0-of-7 from 3-point range, and was held scoreless for the first time this season. The Bluejays won the rebound battle 39-32.

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