Despite flu-like symptoms, Creighton star Doug McDermott made the decision to play through his sickness on Wednesday night in an effort to keep the Blue Jays from dropping back-to-back contests.
Ironically enough, some of the stats from the Blue Jays’ loss are what virtually told the story. Drake built up a 44-28 halftime advantage over the Blue Jays and while McDermott scored 17 points in the first 20 minutes, he was limited to just two after the intermission. Despite McDermott’s second half struggles however, Creighton was able to at least climb back into the game, cutting the deficit by 11 in the final 20 minutes of play.
“He got sick at halftime. That’s what happened,” Creighton head coach Greg McDermott told the Associated Press. “We tried to get as much out of him as we could in the second half.”
So while the story is about McDermott’s well-being and Creighton’s second loss in a row, the credit must be given to Drake for a win that very well may highlight their season. The Bulldogs improved to 9-10 overall and 3-5 within the Missouri Valley Conference.
McDermott, who still finished with a team-high 19 points in the game, was limited to just 8-of-18 shooting overall. Drake guard Richard Carter led the way in the upset by scoring 20 points for the Bulldogs.
McDermott will look to get healthier as the Blue Jays now trail Wichita State by a full game in the conference standings. A date at Southern Illinois is up next for Creighton.
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