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Rapid Reaction: Creighton 85, SDSU 83

12/1/2011

SAN DIEGO -- A quick look at No. 22 Creighton’s 85-83 win over San Diego State.

Overview: Creighton erased a double-digit deficit in the first half and fought its way back before finally overtaking the Aztecs in the second half. Doug McDermott paced the Bluejays with 25 points on 9-of-17 shooting. This was considered the biggest test for Creighton (6-0) of this young season and come selection time, this should count as a quality win on the road.

Star of the night: Hard not to pick McDermott. He hit a couple of 3-pointers, was 4-of-5 from the line and had 12 rebounds for the double-double. Ethan Wragge was also outstanding off the bench for Creighton, making four of his six 3s and totaling 19 points.

Turning point: Creighton erased a 17-point deficit in the first half (33-16), before finally taking its first lead with 6:43 left in the game on a 3-pointer by Antoine Young, who finished with 18 points. The Aztecs (7-2) forced a couple of ties, but never held the lead again.

Why Creighton won: They cleaned up their act after sloppy first half, turning it over just twice after halftime.

Why the Aztecs lost: Poor shot selection with the big lead. SDSU pulled back its foot from the pedal and the best team in the Missouri Valley took advantage. The Aztecs built a 17-point lead with 5:55 left in the first half, but squandered it on 3-of-9 shooting over that span, allowing Creighton to cut the deficit to 39-35 at the break.

What’s next? Creighton hosts in-state rival Nebraska on Sunday, while San Diego State prepares to host its second straight ranked team when Cal comes to Viejas Arena on Sunday.