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McDermott leads Creighton over Missouri State

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McDermott leads Creighton over Missouri State

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) Doug McDermott scored 29 points and made five of Creighton's 15 3-pointers in the No. 21 Bluejays' 91-77 victory over Missouri State on Wednesday night.

Ethan Wragge added 15 points, Austin Chatman had 14 points and 10 assists for his first double-double, and Grant Gibbs had 10 points for the Bluejays. Creighton (19-3, 8-2) moved into a tie for first place with Wichita State in the Missouri Valley Conference.

Gavin Thurman scored 19 points to lead the Bears (6-16, 4-6), who dropped to 1-10 on the road.

McDermott, who also had 10 rebounds and three assists, got better as the game progressed. He scored 18 points and made 3 of 4 3s in the second half. The performance was still a far cry from his splendid outing in Springfield, Mo., on Jan. 11, when he personally outscored Missouri State 28-25 in the second half and made 14 shots in a row on his way to a season-best 39 points.

Creighton, the nation's top 3-point shooting team, made 15 from long range on a season-high 28 attempts.

The Bluejays turned in their second straight sharp performance after back-to-back road losses to Wichita State and Drake.

They shot 63 percent in a 30-point win at Southern Illinois on Sunday, and they shot 56 percent against Missouri State in one of their strongest overall games.

The Bluejays posted their first regular-season sweep of Missouri State since 2008-09 and won their 72nd straight home game against an opponent that was .500 or worse.

Creighton made nine 3-pointers on its way to a 45-32 lead at the break. Wragge hit two of them and Austin Chatman and McDermott one apiece during a 14-4 spurt that put Creighton up by double digits.

Missouri State twice missed on chances to make it a two-possession game. Bruce Marshall made two free throws after Gregory Echenique was called for a flagrant-1 foul for elbowing him under the basket. The Bears kept possession, but Marcus Marshall committed an offensive foul and the Bears got no closer than eight points.

McDermott put back his own miss, and Avery Dingman drilled a 3-pointer just ahead of the halftime buzzer to make it a 13-point game.

In the first half alone, the Bluejays had assists on 13 of their 16 field goals, converted six offensive rebounds into eight points and committed only two turnovers.

The Bears, playing a ranked opponent for the fifth time this season, came in having won their past two games in Omaha. Southern Illinois (2004-07) is the only team to have won three straight against the Bluejays at the 10-year-old CenturyLink Center.

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Looking back at the top moments in Wizards All-Star Weekend history

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Javale McGee gets snubbed in the 2011 Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

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Tim Legler wins 1996 Three-Point Contest

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Kemba Walker, Bam Adebayo among players to call Bradley Beal the biggest All-Star snub

Kemba Walker, Bam Adebayo among players to call Bradley Beal the biggest All-Star snub

There have been so many people to come to the defense of Bradley Beal after the Wizards star was snubbed from the All-Star game. His fiancee, agent, teammates and even his alma mater's mascot have in some form expressed their frustration with the NBA coaches not voting Beal in as a reserve. 

Generally speaking, they're all supposed to defend him. But what about those who made it instead of Beal?

In a video produced by Bleacher Report, several NBA All-Stars and All-Star Saturday night participants gave their take on who they thought was the biggest All-Star snub. 

To me, I think Brad," Celtics star Kemba Walker said. "I know it's tough and they select with team records and things like that, but I definitely think Brad Beal should be here. No question."

Beal is averaging 29.1 points heading into the break, which marks the highest scoring average for a non-All-Star ever. World B. Free was the previous record holder from the 1978-19 season. 

"I feel like Bradley Beal is having an incredible year," Heat center Bam Adebayo said. "I feel like he should've been one of those guys who, off the strength of the players, I feel like he shoulda been here. But, I mean, yeah, I feel like it's [because] of his record, but you know, his performance is incredible and I think he's an All-Star."

During voting for the All-Star starters, Beal came in ninth among Eastern Conference guards for the fan vote and fifth in the media vote. But the players had him second, which would have had him starting in the game Sunday night. 

So it's not all that surprising that the players acknowledge Beal as the biggest All-Star snub this year. Maybe the league can get back on track and get him there next season, because there are more than a few players who made it this year who Beal's easily had a better season than. 

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