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Back in the day, Jan. 7, 2012: Creighton's Doug McDermott scores career-high 44 points
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Back in the day, Jan. 7, 2012: Creighton's Doug McDermott scores career-high 44 points

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Creighton's Doug McDermott, top, and Bradley's Jake Eastman try to recover a loose ball during the Missouri Valley Conference game at Carver Arena in Illinois on Jan. 7, 2012.

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Ten years ago today, the No. 24 Creighton Bluejays needed Doug McDermott’s career-high 44 points to hold off a scrappy Bradley bunch in a 92-83 win before 8,610 at Carver Arena in Illinois.

“We were lucky to win,” Creighton coach Greg McDermott said. “Bradley played great, and they definitely didn’t look like a team that couldn’t shoot the ball tonight.

Of the 23 shots he took from the field, Doug McDermott made 18, tying a record for most field goals by a Bradley opponent. He made 3 of 4 3-point shots in the second half; his third came with 6:21 to play. That put the Bluejays up by 12 points, but the Braves kept firing and halved their deficit to 83-77 when Taylor Brown made his fifth 3-pointer of the game with 2:49 to play.

Creighton shot 61.1 percent from the field, 50 percent from 3-point range and won the rebounding battle by 11.

“Fortunately, we’re a pretty good offensive team. Doug had a phenomenal game, and his teammates did a good job of getting him the basketball,” McDermott said.

The Braves trimmed a 20-point deficit with 11:22 to play to five points with 2:49 left. After a Creighton miss, Bradley had a chance to creep even closer.

But Dyricus Simms-Edwards missed a jumper with a minute to play, and Creighton made 7 of 8 free throws down the stretch before Doug McDermott sealed the Bluejays’ 13th win in 15 games with a dunk with seven seconds to play.

“We battled and scrapped, and at times really didn’t guard that badly,” Bradley coach Geno Ford said.

“But they — I’m using ‘they’ very loosely — McDermott made big shots."

At the time, Doug McDermott’s 44-point performance against Bradley put him in sixth for most points in a single game in Creighton history.


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