Doug McDermott tossed in a career-best 45 points to become the eighth player in Division I history to top the 3,000 point plateau as No. 13 Creighton rolled to an 88-73 victory over Providence on March 8.
"I never in my wildest dreams thought I'd reach 3,000," McDermott said. "To do it in this building is special because of the way the fans have always been."
The 2014 Wooden Award finalist surpassed the milestone with a triple midway through the second half. After the ball went through the net, the Omaha crowd roared as McDermott ran back on defense with three fingers raised. At the next timeout, McDermott and his coach/father, Greg, shared a long embrace on the court as the team huddled at the bench.
"It's a moment in time I'll never forget," Greg McDermott said.
Creighton (24-6, 14-4 Big East), which lost to Providence earlier in this season, didn’t waste a lot of to put the Friars away in this contest. The Blue Jays went on a 15-4 run following the first media timeout to go up 21-9. Creighton pushed its lead to 32-12 before settling for a 45-22 lead at halftime. McDermott tallied 22 of the 45 points.
Providence (20-11, 10-8) was never able to cut the deficit to less than 14 in the second half.
McDermott, who moved past Oscar Robertson and into seventh place on the all-time scoring list, finished 17-of-25 from the field including 5-of-7 from beyond the arc and 6-of-9 from the charity stripe. He also contributed seven caroms and two assists.
Austin Chatman was the only other Blue Jay in double-figures with 11 points, seven rebounds and four assists.
Bryce Cotton, the Big East's second-leading scorer, had all of his 23 points in the second half for Providence. LaDontae Henton added 21.
Creighton, the number two seed in the Big East tournament, will play either DePaul or Georgetown on March 13. Providence, the league’s fourth seed, tangles with St. John’s in the Big East quarterfinals.
Former LSU star Pete Maravich is the all-time leading scorer in NCAA history with 3,667 points. Freeman Williams (Portland State), Lionel Simmons (La Salle), Alphonso Ford (Mississippi Valley State), Harry Kelly (Texas Southern), Keydren Clark (Saint Peter's) and Hersey Hawkins (Bradley) also eclipsed 3,000 points in their career.
Notes: McDermott, a two-time first team All-American, has now scored 40 or more points four times in his career . A record setting sellout crowd, for “Senior Day” of 18,868 roared during pregame introductions for McDermott and fellow seniors Ethan Wragge Grant Gibbs and Jahenns Manigat.