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Dec. 19, 2011

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Tulsa, Oklahoma - Creighton sophomore Doug McDermott scored a career-high 35 points as the nation's 21st-ranked Bluejays handed the Tulsa Golden Hurricane an 83-64 loss in front of 4,228 fans at the Donald W. Reynolds Center Monday night.

Creighton improved to 9-1 on the year, while the Hurricane fell to 5-7.

Creighton shot 58.6-percent for the game and expanded its' eight-point halftime lead to 18 in the first four minutes as the Bluejays outscored the Hurricane 13-3 in the early going of the second half. Creighton kept the lead in the double-digits for the remainder of the contest, building its lead to as many as 21 points once, while the Hurricane got as close as 11 points, 75-64, on a Steven Idlet layup with 2:10 remaining in the game.

McDermott's 35 points tied for the most points by an opponent in the 13-year history of the Reynolds Center. The previous best was 35 points by Appalachian State's Omar Carter last year on Nov. 12, 2010. Tulsa's Anthony Price had a Reynolds Center record 39 points against SMU on Jan. 1, 2005.

Tulsa's sophomore duo of Jordan Clarkson and Tim Peete led the Hurricane with 14 and 12 points, respectively. The Hurricane shot 43-percent from the field and were out-rebounded for only the third time in 12 games this season, 37-29.

"I tell you what, that was one impressive performance by Doug McDermott. I thought the guy single-handedly broke the spirit of our team. In particular, our three seniors and sophomore post players. He was terrific," said Tulsa Head Coach Doug Wojcik.

The first-half was back-and-forth as Creighton held a 42-34 lead at the intermission. The Bluejays built a nine-point lead at 14-5 with just over four minutes gone in the game, and the Hurricane then went on a 15-4 run to take a 20-19 lead on a Joe Richard jumper at the 10:49 mark of the first half.

Creighton than went on a 7-0 run for a 26-20 lead and built the lead to 11 points at 42-31 with 0:22 left on the first-half clock. Scottie Haralson's three-pointer with seven seconds remaining cut the Bluejays halftime lead to 42-34.

In the first 20 minutes McDermott had 19 points for Creighton, while Tulsa guards Peete had nine, Haralson eight and Clarkson seven points.

Tulsa will be off for the Christmas Holiday and return to action at the Reynolds Center on Wednesday, December 28 against the Mercer Bears. Game time is 8:30 pm, as the men's game follows the Tulsa women's game against Nebraska-Omaha at 6 pm.