The No. 25 Creighton Bluejays made a statement in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament semifinals, pulverizing the third-seeded Evansville Aces — a team against whom the Bluejays struggled mightily during the regular season — and setting up a championship matchup with Indiana State on Sunday.
The Bluejays, in winning 99-71, proved they are far more than the Doug McDermott show. Though the presumptive MVC Player of the Year was good in this one — 14 points, nine rebounds — he took only four shots from the field, doing his damage instead from the free throw line, where he went 8-10. Four of his teammates scored in double-digits, including a 20-9 performance from center Gregory Echenique.
The Aces beat the Bluejays and lost in overtime in their two regular season meetings, and played a solid game offensively; they scored 71 points in 40 minutes, for pete's sake. They did, however, pull down an embarrassing 15 total rebounds, while the Bluejays had 39 of their own. That's no way to pull an upset.
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