Stinnett leads Creighton past DePaul 74-62

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP)—P’Allen Stinnett scored all of his game-high 23 points in the second half, giving Creighton a 74-62 win over DePaul in its season opener Friday night.

Chad Millard added 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists to send the Blue Demons their third straight season-opening loss. Dane Watts had 10 points and 9 rebounds.

Stinnett held up his hands and shook his head as he banked home his last 3-pointer from the right wing, giving Creighton a 70-58 lead with little more than two minutes to play.

Will Walker scored 13 points and Wesley Green added 10 for DePaul (0-1). Draelon Burns, expected to be the top option on offense for the Blue Demons, scored seven points on 3-of-16 shooting and failed to score in the second half.

Burns missed all five of his 3-point attempts after rimming out a corner shot at the end of last season that would have sent the Blue Demons to the NIT semifinals.

DePaul hit four of nine 3-point shots in the first half, but was 0-for-10 in the second half.

Creighton recovered after missing 14 of its first 16 shots as the Blue Demons quickly built a 20-4 lead.

The Bluejays cut DePaul’s lead to four after a 13-point run, and tied the game at 32 when Josh Dotzler was left with a clear path in middle of the lane. The Blue Demons led 38-32 at the half.

Creighton scored the first seven points of the second half, and Stinnett’s layup gave the Bluejays their first lead of the game at 39-38.

Stinnett hit all five of his 3-point shots in the second half after missing both attempts in the first.

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M. Koshwal M. Koshwal
3-4,  6 Pts
11 Rebs, 3 Assists
 Creighton
P. Stinnett P. Stinnett
9-15,  23 Pts
4 Rebs, 3 Assists

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