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Xavier finally hit a cold spell, and Creighton took advantage with a 10-2 spurt. McDermott’s fall-away 3-pointer cut it to 61-58 with 5:18 to go, prompting a Xavier timeout.

Davis made an uncontested 3, and Jalen Reynolds drove for a lay-in that rebuilt the lead to 68-60. Creighton never got closer than five points the rest of the way.

“It was frustrating,” Doug McDermott said. “We competed a lot better in the second half, but Dee Davis and Justin Martin hit some tough shots. They made us pay.

“We started playing a lot harder when we got down by 12.”

Creighton redshirt freshman guard Isaiah Zierden went down hard on a fast-break play in the first half and hurt his right knee. He was on crutches in the second half with ice wrapped on the knee. Zierden averages 11 minutes and 3.3 points.

Greg McDermott said Zierden would have the knee examined when the team got home, but doctors think he has a season-ending injury.

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