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McDermott scores 35, No. 14 Creighton beats DePaul

DePaul's Forrest Robinson, left, defends against Creighton's Doug McDermott (3) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the quarterfinals of the Big East Conference tournament on Thursday, March 13, 2014, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

NEW YORK (AP) — Doug McDermott put on a dazzling shooting display in his Big East tournament debut, scoring a record 27 of his 35 points in the first half for No. 14 Creighton during an 84-62 victory over DePaul on Thursday night.

The nation's leading scorer hit six of his first seven 3-point attempts, sending the second-seeded Bluejays (25-6) into the semifinals Friday night against third-seeded Xavier or No. 6 seed Marquette.

Jahenns Manigat added 14 points for Creighton, which left the Missouri Valley Conference for the new-look Big East this season, and Austin Chatman had 11. Led by McDermott, the league's player of the year and a heavy favorite for several national awards, the Bluejays shot a sizzling 14 for 22 from 3-point range (63.6 percent) against 10th-seeded DePaul (12-21).

Brandon Young had 22 points in his final college game for the Blue Demons.

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