Blue Demons Fall in BIG EAST Quarterfinals
March 13, 2014
NEW YORK - Second-seeded Creighton knocked down 14 three-pointers and built a quick double-digit lead to defeat DePaul, 84-62, in the BIG EAST Tournament quarterfinals on Thursday. Brandon Young led DePaul with 22 points in his final game in a Blue Demon uniform.
BIG EAST Player of the Year Doug McDermott led the Bluejays early and often with 27 first-half points. The senior connected on 7-of-9 three-point attempts in the first half as his third three of the night gave Creighton a 20-8 advantage with just over 13 minutes on the clock.
Two free throws by Billy Garrett Jr. pulled DePaul (12-21) to within eight at 31-23 before Creighton outscored DePaul, 18-6, over the final five minutes to take a 20-point lead at halftime.
The Blue Demons chipped away at the 20-point deficit early in the second half and a 19-9 run brought pulled DePaul within 10 points on a jumper by Tommy Hamilton IV. Hamilton’s bucket made the score 58-48 with 11 minutes left in the game.
The two teams traded baskets over the next two possession before Creighton (25-6) put the game away with a 12-2 run that pushed the advantage back to 20 points with just under six minutes left in the game.
Young concludes his DePaul career ranked in the top eight in school history in scoring, field goals, field goal attempts, three-pointers, three-point attempts, free throws, free throw attempts, steals and assists. He also led the Blue Demons with eight rebounds and three steals in 36 minutes of action.
Jamee Crockett added 13 points off the bench for DePaul and Hamilton chipped in nine points.
McDermott led all scorers with 35 points and Jahenns Manigat added 14 for Creighton.
Notes: DePaul is now 2-7 all-time in BIG EAST Tournament play and 10-20 overall in conference tournaments... Creighton has won three straight in the all-time series... DePaul leads the series, 15-10... DePaul has lost 50 straight games against ranked opponents... Brandon Young finishes his career ranked second in free throw attempts (624 FTA), third in scoring (1,899 pts.) and field goal attempts (1,530 FGA), fourth in assists (521 assists) and steals (521 steals), fifth in free throws (449 FT) and field goals (660 FG), seventh in three-point attempts (445 3FGA) and eighth in three-pointers (130 3FG)... Young passed Dave Corzine (1,896 pts., 1974-78) for third place on the all-time scoring list... he recorded his 29th career game of 20 or more points and 101st career game in double-figures.