Creighton Avoids Third Straight Loss, Whips Southern Illinois
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Creighton's third straight road game was nothing like the first two. After a pair of losses by a combined eight points, this one was wrapped up by halftime.
Doug McDermott had 21 points and 10 rebounds, and the 17th-ranked Bluejays shot 63 percent, bouncing back with a dominant effort in an easy 81-51 victory at struggling Southern Illinois on Sunday night.
Gregory Echenique added 12 points and 11 rebounds and the Bluejays (18-3, 7-2 MVC) were 12 for 20 from 3-point range with Ethan Wragge hitting his first four attempts andJahenns Manigat going 4 for 4. Creighton also dominated on the boards with a 39-19 cushion and has won 10 straight in the series while shaking off setbacks at Wichita State and Drake.
Desmar Jackson scored Southern Illinois' first 10 points, then later on went 21 minutes without scoring before finishing with 16 for the Salukis (8-12, 1-8). Southern Illinois has lost nine of 10 under first-year coach Barry Hinson, who has a starting five with no one taller than 6-foot-5.
As it was, the 30-point margin of defeat was the third-largest at SIU Arena, which opened in 1964, and the largest since a 33-point loss to Saint Louis in 1989.