Associated Press, Published November 30 2013
No. 20 Creighton, led by former NDSU coach, suffers first lossFULLERTON, Calif. — Having a 5-0 record and Top 25 ranking doesn't mean all is well for your basketball team.
Greg McDermott, Creighton's coach who formerly coached at North Dakota State University, is hoping his players will learn that lesson after Friday night's 86-80 loss to San Diego State in the semifinals of the Wooden Legacy at Cal State Fullerton.
The 20th-ranked Bluejays (5-1) were on the front end of a 19-7 run to start the game before things fell apart.
“I think it'll teach us a lot,” McDermott said. “There will be some things we learn, like which guys, which lineup will be most effective against some of the defenses that we're seeing.”
Senior Doug McDermott, the coach's son, connected on his first six shots, including three consecutive 3-pointers during that early run. But San Diego State stormed back with a 31-9 run to pull ahead 38-28 with 2:03 left in the half.
After scoring 16 of the Bluejays’ first 19 points, McDermott went cold. He finally ended his shooting drought with a jumper with less than 2 minutes in the second half, but the Aztecs responded with a 10-0 run helped by a pair of costly Creighton turnovers and grabbed a 51-32 lead, their biggest of the game.
“We started pressing more and we wanted to make McDermott bring it up the court to tire him out some and make him work a little harder,” Shepard said. “I think that had an effect on his legs when he shot.”