OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Doug McDermott hit a 25-footer with 2.5 seconds left to finish his season-high 39-point night, and No. 20 Creighton defeated St. John’s 63-60 after squandering all of an 18-point lead Tuesday.
The Red Storm had just tied the game on Rysheed Jordan’s two free throws before McDermott took a pass from Jahenns Manigat on the left wing and got off his winning shot as Chris Obekpa tried to get a hand in his face. Phil Greene IV’s desperation 3-point try at the buzzer didn’t even touch the net.
It was a fitting end for McDermott, whose monster game offset an otherwise poor offensive showing by the Bluejays.
D’Angelo Harrison scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half to lead St. John’s.
Their 13th win in 14 games kept the Bluejays (18-3, 8-1) in first place in the Big East. St. John’s (12-9, 2-6), playing in Omaha for the first time since 1966, had its three-game winning streak end.