No. 11 Creighton starts fast, tops St. Joe's 80-51

No. 11 Creighton starts fast, tops St. Joe's 80-51
December 1, 2012, 5:09 pm
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Creighton's Doug McDermott (3) points back to the bench during an NCAA college basketball game against Saint Joseph's, Saturday Dec. 1, 2012, in Omaha, Neb. (AP Photo/Dave Weaver)

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) Doug McDermott scored 18 of his 23 in the first half, and No. 11 Creighton rode a fast start to an 80-51 victory over Saint Joseph's on Saturday.

Gregory Echenique added 16 points and six rebounds for the Bluejays (7-1), who bounced back after being upset by Boise State on Wednesday.

Langston Galloway scored 10 points to lead the Hawks (4-2), who played their first true road game.

Saint Joseph's season-scoring leader Carl Jones, who had 29 points in a win over Creighton last season, was held to nine.

The Bluejays played their best half of the season and led 47-20 after breaking the game open with 12- and 13-point runs. They shot 57 percent, had assists on 13 of their first 17 field goals, and converted 10 turnovers into 16 points.