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Creighton breaks away from Chicago State 90-58

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   OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- When Doug McDermott cooled down, his teammates heated up.
   McDermott scored 16 of his 24 points in the first six minutes, and then Jahenns Manigat and Ethan Wragge led a 3-point shooting exhibition that carried Creighton to a 90-58 victory over Chicago State on Sunday.
   Manigat and Wragge each made five 3-pointers and the Bluejays (10-2) finished with a season-high 16 in their final tuneup before starting Big East play against Marquette at home on New Year's Eve.
   "It was good to shoot the basketball well," Creighton coach Greg McDermott said. "I hope we saved a few for Tuesday because we had a lot of guys clicking on all cylinders shooting from the 3-point line tonight."
   McDermott became the 64th player in NCAA history to score more than 2,500 career points, and he extended his streak of consecutive free throws made to a Creighton-record 39. The two-time All-American has scored at least 20 points in all but one game this season and in 18 of the last 20. He increased his career total to 2,513.
   Once Chicago State found a way to slow him down, he turned things over to his teammates.
   "I was hitting some shots that got me into a rhythm pretty early," he said. "I just had it going, and then I think Chicago State made a couple changes. They put a guard on me and were switching a lot of things and being real physical. That opened up things for my teammates, and they knocked down some shots as well."
   Clarke Rosenberg had 14 points, Quinton Pippen had 13 and Matt Ross added 11 for the Cougars (5-8), who have lost all eight of their road games by an average of 21 points.
   Wragge made four 3-pointers in a row during an 18-3 run that put Creighton up 66-44. Until then, the Bluejays got more than they expected from a Cougars team picked sixth in the nine-team Western Athletic Conference.
   Wragge and Manigat each had 15 points, and 12 Creighton players scored.
   "We've played with each other for so long that we understand when someone has the hot hand," Manigat said. "Ethan is one of those guys who can get it going pretty quick. Doug does it on a nightly basis. Whenever someone has it going, we try to go back to him, try to find him, and we did a pretty good job of that when everybody had their little streak they were going on."
   The Bluejays were 16 of 25 on 3-pointers and are shooting 43.7 percent from beyond the arc for the season.
   "We've watched every game they had played, and we knew this was the best shooting team in the country," Cougars coach Tracy Dildy said. "If there is another team in the country that shoots the ball like these guys shoot, I would love to see that team."
   McDermott made his first four 3-pointers, and when his fifth attempt rattled in and out, the CenturyLink Center crowd of 17,466 let out a collective groan.
   McDermott couldn't regain his mojo after taking a three-minute breather. Pippen, who gives up 4 inches to the 6-foot-8 McDermott, took over for the 6-8 Ross as the primary defender. Pippen denied him the ball in the post, and he couldn't get freed up for looks on the perimeter.
   Aside from a desperation shot that missed at the buzzer, McDermott attempted only one shot over the last 12 minutes of the half. Before McDermott's twisting drive to the hoop early in the second half, he went 18 minutes between field goals.
   McDermott made all eight of his free throws to run his streak to 39 in a row. Booker Woodfox had set the record of 36 straight in the 2008-09 season.
   Creighton hasn't trailed in its last four home games. The last time the Bluejays were behind at home was late in the first half of a Nov. 23 game against Tulsa -- a stretch of more than 180 minutes.
   Chicago State made 10 of 24 3-pointers but shot just 38 percent overall. Eight of Creighton's opponents have shot under 40 percent.

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