McDermott scores 21, No. 16 Creighton wins 71-51

McDermott scores 21, No. 16 Creighton wins 71-51
November 9, 2012, 10:15 pm
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North Texas' Tony Mitchell (13) and Creighton's Grant Gibbs (10) battle for a rebound in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Omaha, Neb., Friday, Nov. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Doug McDermott had 21 points and 11 rebounds to lead No. 16 Creighton to a 71-51 season-opening victory over North Texas on Friday night.

About a dozen NBA scouts were on hand to watch McDermott, the returning first-team All-American, and North Texas' Tony Mitchell, projected as a possible lottery pick if he turns pro after this season.

Mitchell, who averaged a double-double last season, finished with 18 points, three dunks and seven rebounds.

Creighton led 39-25 at half and opened the second half on a 14-5 run, with Avery Dingman making back-to-back 3-pointers to stretch it to 53-30.

Tony Benford, a Marquette assistant for four years before replacing Johnny Jones at North Texas, lost in his head coaching debut.

Austin Chatman added 11 points and reserve Avery Dingman had 10 for the Bluejays, who have won 39 straight November regular-season home games.