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Doug McDermott's legendary career ends with hugs and tears in Creighton's loss to Baylor

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Creighton Bluejays head coach Greg McDermott hugs forward Doug McDermott (3) after they lost to the Baylor Bears …

One of the final moves Creighton star Doug McDermott made on the court in his college career had nothing to do with scoring the ball, battling for a rebound or passing to a teammate.

McDermott went out of his way to help Baylor forward Cory Jefferson up off the floor a moment after McDermott's teammate Ethan Wragge pushed Jefferson to the floor in a fit of frustration near the end of a 85-55 Baylor victory in the third round of the NCAA tournament.

McDermott completed his career with 3,150 career points, fifth most in NCAA history. Only Alphonso Ford of Mississippi Valley State (3,165), Lionel Simmons of LaSalle (3,217), Freeman Williams of Portland State (3,249) and Pete Maravich of LSU (3,667) scored more in a career.

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With 2 minutes, 31 seconds remaining in the game, Creighton coach Greg McDermott, Doug's father, subbed out all five players on the floor, embracing each as they came off the court. The final player in line was his son, who hugged his dad and then fought back tears on the bench as he watched the final minutes of his career and the Bluejays' season played out.

He finished the game with 15 points on 7-for-14 shooting, but failed to make a 3-pointer after making so many clutch long-range shots throughout his career.

McDermott is likely to be named the player of the year in college basketball by most and is also expected to be named a first-team All-American for the third straight year. He is also expected to be an NBA first round draft pick this summer.

Within an hour of his career ending, hundreds of tweets had been posted Twitter paying tribute to McDermott. Here are some samples:


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Kyle Ringo is the assistant editor of The Dagger on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at kyle.ringo@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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