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McDermott's prolific career ends in 85-55 rout

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 23, 2014 at 11:19 pm •  Published: March 23, 2014
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SAN ANTONIO (AP) — This was not how it was supposed to end for Doug McDermott and Creighton.

Not with a measly 15 points by one of the most prolific scorers in college basketball history and a blowout defeat in the third round of the NCAA tournament, the same round in which the Bluejays had been beaten the previous two years.

And yet it did end, with McDermott walking off the court, subbed out in the final minutes of an 85-55 loss to Baylor on Sunday night. He hugged his dad — and coach — Greg McDermott before taking a seat on the bench.

"This is the worst we've played all season, and it just stinks that it's the last one," Doug McDermott said. "But that doesn't take away from all my memories here. It's tough to go out this way."

McDermott had spurned leaving for the NBA last season with plans to take Creighton to the first Sweet 16 in school history.

But the Bluejays ran into a streaking Baylor team that was simply too big, too strong and too fast to handle. Creighton's loss in the West Regional bounced the new-look Big East entirely from the NCAA tournament, with all four teams now knocked out.

Isaiah Austin and Brady Heslip each scored 17 points and sixth-seeded Baylor (26-11) shut down McDermott and No. 3 seed Creighton (27-8) with suffocating defense to earn its third trip to the Sweet 16 since 2010.

McDermott finished his career with 3,150 points, fifth-most in NCAA history.

"It's been an incredible journey," Greg McDermott said of his four years coaching his son. "I wish every parent could experience what I had the opportunity to experience. I've had a front-row seat to history, and it was my son who was doing it."

Baylor had five players score in double figures and shot 64 percent in one of the dominant performances of the tournament.

Doug McDermott had carried the Bluejays all season in spectacular style, leading the nation in scoring with a sublime shooting touch and uncanny knack for slithering his way through defenders for layups and putback baskets.

But Baylor's defense gave him nothing: neither space to shoot nor even chances for his teammates to pass him the ball.

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