No. 15 Creighton holds off Drake 

Doug McDermott scored 30 points and No. 15 Creighton held off Drake 77-69 on Wednesday night for its sixth straight road win.

Jahenns Manigat added 15 for the Bluejays (19-2, 9-1 MVC), who have the program's longest road winning streak in 37 years.

Creighton let a 15-point lead dwindle to two early in the second half. But McDermott helped keep the Bulldogs from getting any closer, scoring 10 straight points late in the half.

Rayvonte Rice had 23 points and 11 rebounds to lead Drake (12-9, 5-5), getting his seventh 20-point game of the season.

Creighton never trailed in the second half in winning its ninth straight overall.

Ben Simons finished with 18 points, including a 3 to get Drake within 67-62 with 3:42 left. But McDermott took advantage of a favorable defensive matchup and kept Drake at bay from the free throw line and inside the paint.

McDermott was 8 of 8 shooting from the line in the second half, and his final two with 52 seconds left ended Drake's hopes for a comeback.

Kurt Alexander scored 16 points for Drake, which has lost two straight after winning four in a row.

Drake fell behind 37-22 in the first half, relying on Rice and Ben Simons for nearly all its scoring.

Rice and Simons helped the Bulldogs pull within 46-44 early in the season half. Rice was aggressive in attacking the basket during that run, which McDermott halted with a crucial 3-point play.

The Bluejays' defense stiffened from there and Manigat, given a second chance for a 3 from the same spot in the corner, drilled it to put Creighton up 56-46 with 9:27 left.

Manigat went 5 of 7 from 3-point range and put up his best scoring effort since the second game of the season against Chicago State.

The Bulldogs entered play in the middle of the Valley pack as one of three teams at 5-4 in the league. But Drake had won 13 of its past 14 at home dating back to past season and four of its last five since early January.

The Bulldogs led just once in the first half — and that only served to wake up Creighton.

McDermott gave the Bluejays the lead back at 18-17 on a tough bank shot near the baseline. Manigat then banked in a 3, and Creighton reeled off 10 straight points to take early control.

McDermott warmed up as the half went along, making a 3 to help put the Bluejays ahead 37-22. McDermott had 13 at the break — one more than he had in both halves of Creighton's blowout of Indiana State last weekend — and Creighton led 37-26.

It was the second time this season that McDermott played in Des Moines — where he and North Carolina's Harrison Barnes led Ames High to back-to-back state titles — and it was his second stellar outing. McDermott had 25 in a blowout of Iowa in November, and he was even better against the Bulldogs.

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