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McDermott scores 28 to lead No. 20 Creighton over Butler

OMAHA, Neb. — Doug McDermott scored 24 of his 28 points in the first half and No. 20 Creighton defeated fellow Big East newcomer Butler 88-60 on Tuesday night for its 10th straight win.

The Bluejays (15-2, 5-0) closed the first half on a 32-6 run to lead 53-24, and Butler (10-7, 0-5) never got closer than 25 points the rest of the way.

Creighton, back in the Top 25 for the first time since late November, blew open the game after Alex Barlow's 3-pointer pulled the Bulldogs within 21-18. McDermott scored 13 points during the Bluejays' decisive spurt, finishing it with a jumper that put him in the top 25 on the NCAA all-time scoring chart. He has 2,644 career points.

Austin Chatman added 10 points for the Bluejays, who subbed freely throughout the second half.

Kellen Dunham scored 12 points and Khyle Marshall added 11 for Butler.

The Bulldogs have lost five straight conference games for the first time since 2003-04, when they were in the Horizon League. Three of their first four Big East losses, and four in all this season, had come in overtime. This one, however, was never close after the first few minutes.

The Bluejays took a half-game lead over Villanova for first place in the Big East.

Kameron Woods, who did a good job keeping Oklahoma State star Marcus Smart under control in a two-point loss in November, was assigned to McDermott. He simply couldn't stop the two-time All-American.

McDermott worked over Woods inside, using creative moves to get to the hoop and showing soft touch with his right and left hands. He stepped out to make a couple of mid-range fade-away jumpers and popped out for 3-pointers. The Bluejays' most electrifying play came when Devin Brooks made a sweeping left-handed pass from the top of the key to McDermott, who was waiting under the basket and banked in an uncontested shot.

McDermott, who finished 11 for 19 with three 3s, missed 5 of 7 shots in the second half and didn't play the last 8 minutes.

The Bulldogs shot 28 percent in the first half after missing 21 of their last 24 shots. They finished at 35 percent and are shooting 34 percent in their last two games.