Updated at: 11/14/2012 8:35 PM
By ERIC OLSON
(AP) OMAHA, Neb. - Josh Jones scored all 18 of his points in the second half to compensate for Doug McDermott’s quiet night in No. 15 Creighton’s 77-60 victory over UAB on Wednesday night.
Jones matched his career high with four 3-pointers. The backup guard made two during a personal 10-0 run that tied it 45 and two more during a 17-0 spurt that finished off the Blazers (1-1).
McDermott, the returning first-team All-American, got into early foul trouble and finished with five points. He came in having scored in double figures in 37 straight games.
Gregory Echenique and Grant Gibbs added 13 points apiece, and Ethan Wragge had 12 _ hitting four 3-pointers _ for the Bluejays (2-0). Echenique matched his career high with 16 rebounds.
The Blazers, who returned three starters from a 15-16 team, carried the play in the first half and led 37-33 at the break.
Isiah Jones scored 16 points, and Jordan Swing and Rod Rucker added 12 for UAB.
Jones, who was scoreless in 13 minutes of a 71-51 win over North Texas in Creighton’s opener last Friday, got hot after UAB took a 45-35 lead early in the second half.
The senior is known for providing a spark, and he sure did that when the rest of the Bluejays were struggling.
He made a layup and two free throws before spotting up in the left corner for back-to-back 3s to tie it.
The teams traded baskets before the Bluejays held UAB scoreless for almost 6 minutes during the decisive 17-0 run.
McDermott picked up his first and second fouls a minute apart and went to the bench 7 minutes into the game, not to return until the second half.
McDermott, who had 21 points against North Texas, finished 2 of 6 from the field.
The Blazers held their own in the paint against a Creighton team that had a superior frontcourt.
Swing hit a jumper from the wing to finish a 9-0 run that put the Blazers up 23-15. The lead grew to double digits after half when Swing and Terence Jones made back-to-back 3-pointers.
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