Creighton 91, Missouri State 77

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OMAHA, Neb. -- Doug McDermott made himself right at home in Creighton's long-awaited homecoming.

McDermott, a junior All-American forward, scored 29 points and became the first player to score 1,000 career points at the 10-year-old CenturyLink Center, helping No. 21 Creighton defeat Missouri State 91-77 on Wednesday night.

Creighton (19-3, 8-2 Missouri Valley Conference) was playing its first home game in 15 days. The Bluejays went 1-2 on a three-game road swing through the MVC, salvaging a victory Sunday at Southern Illinois.

Back on its home court, Creighton had little trouble brushing aside a young Missouri State team.

The Bluejays made 15 3-pointers and shot 55.6 percent overall from the field. McDermott was 9 of 16 from the field, including 5 of 7 on 3-pointers.

McDermott's last 3-pointer, with 8:29 remaining, came after reserve sophomore center Will Artino, in fighting for an offense rebound, tipped the ball out to McDermott, who was open at the top of the key and swished his jumper, drawing a loud roar from the crowd of 16,822.

Drew Wilson scored 19 points on 8-for-13 shooting to lead Missouri State (6-16, 4-6). Gavin Thurman added 14 points.

The Bears, who started four freshmen, shot 54.7 percent from the field and made a season-best 11 3-pointers but were outrebounded 34-21 and fell to 0-14 this season when being outrebounded.

Creighton, meanwhile, improved to 17-0 when winning the rebounding battle.

Austin Chatman scored 14 points and Grant Gibbs added 11 for Creighton, which forced a tie with Wichita State atop the MVC standings.

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