No. 17 Creighton whips Southern Illinois 81-51

Updated at: 01/28/2013 3:07 AM
By R.B. FALLSTROM

(AP) CARBONDALE, Ill. - Doug McDermott had 21 points and 10 rebounds and No. 17 Creighton shot 63 percent, bouncing back from a pair of road losses with 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 and Jahenns 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.

McDermott was 9 for 13, Echenique was 5 for 6 and Grant Gibbs and Manigat were a combined 9 for 9 for the Bluejays.

Creighton shot 74 percent in the first half while taking an 18-point lead, reminiscent of last season’s matchup at Southern Illinois in which the Bluejays shot a Missouri Valley-record 77.5 percent. McDermott, the second-leading scorer in the nation with a 23.8-point average, was 7 for 8 with a pair of 3-pointers and had 16 points in 14 minutes.

Echenique scored in double figures for the first time in six games and earned his fifth double double of the season. Wragge had been a combined 5 for 18 his previous four games and totaled nine points the last two games.

The Salukis trailed 11-10 thanks to the hot start by Jackson, who hit his first four shots with a pair of 3-pointers. But Jackson missed five of his last six in the half and Southern Illinois had no one to pick up the slack.

Southern Illinois guard Jeff Early served a one-game suspension for a flagrant foul with intent to injure at Northern Iowa.

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