OMAHA, Neb. — This time, a second-half collapse by Arkansas-Pine Bluff did not determine the outcome.
Creighton had already built a 44-22 halftime lead, and Doug McDermott knocked down 13 of 13 free throws in leading the Bluejays to an 88-51 victory over the Golden Lions before 16,303 at CenturyLink Center. McDermott, the nation’s second-leading scorer and All-American forward, finished with 25 points, shooting 5 of 11 from the floor.
UAPB (2-8), which lost its eighth straight game, was led by Tevin Hammond’s 22 points. The junior point guard canned 7 of 15 field-goal attempts, including 4 of 10 from three-point range.
Davon Haynes was held to nine points and five rebounds. Ghiavonni Robinson and DeAndre McIntyre each added six for the Lions.
The 51 points mark UAPB’s lowest scoring output and the 37-point defeat its worst this season. The Lions are the eighth-worst scoring team in Division I at 61.4 points per game.
They were dominated in points off turnovers (23-4), second-chance points (22-3) and points in the paint (32-18) against the Bluejays. Creighton also controlled the glass, outrebounding UAPB 40-24.
After the first 4 minutes of the game, UAPB never stayed within striking range. Creighton raced to a 28-9 lead and maintained a double-digit advantage the rest of the way. UAPB pulled within no closer than 30-15 and went into halftime down by 22 after Jahenns Manigat nailed a three-point shot at the first-half buzzer.
The Bluejays built a 74-44 lead with 5:01 remaining.
UAPB shot 19 of 51 from the field for 37.3 percent, including 6 of 21 from the perimeter, and hit 7 of 12 free throws. The Lions made only 1 of 7 treys in the first half.
Creighton hit 27 of 56 field-goal tries for 48.2 percent, including 10 of 30 from the arc, and converted 24 of 26 free throws.
Ethan Wragge scored 12 points, all on treys, and Will Artino added 10 points off the bench for the Bluejays.
UAPB will play at Iowa on Sunday. The Hawkeyes are off to a 10-2 start but will end a nine-day layoff following an 85-82 loss at Iowa State.