On Senior Night at Creighton University, the Blue Jays senior guard was not going to be denied. He drained a three-pointer from NBA range with 11:27 remaining in the second half.
He finished the game with 45 points, a career high. In front of the largest crowd ever to see a game at Century-Link Center in Omaha (an 88-73 pasting of Providence), McDermott also passed two legendary players from days gone by in Hersey Hawkins and Oscar Robertson into sixth place all-time in NCAA scoring history.
Here is the list:
College basketball’s 3,000-point club
Pete Maravich (LSU, 1967-1970) 3,667
Freeman Williams (Portland State, 1974-1978) 3,249
Lionel Simmons (LaSalle, 1986-1990) 3,217
Alphonso Ford (Mississippi Valley State, 1989-1993) 3,165
Harry Kelly (Texas Southern, 1979-1983) 3,066
Keydren Clark (St. Peter’s, 2002-2007) 3,058
Doug McDermott (Creighton, 2010-2014) 3,011
Hersey Hawkins (Bradley, 1984-1988) 3,088
Of course, McDermott can add more points the longer his team remains in both the Big East and NCAA Tournaments. What a run it has been.