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17-minute field-goal drought sinks cold-shooting Creighton in 67-40 loss to No. 21 Georgetown

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OMAHA, Nebraska — Creighton's dismal season hit a new low.

The Bluejays went more than 17 minutes without a field goal, shot a season-low 20.8 percent and finished with the fewest points in Greg McDermott's five seasons as head coach in Saturday's 67-40 loss to No. 21 Georgetown.

"You don't want to make too big a deal out of it," McDermott said. "I'm extremely disappointed it went as bad as any game I've ever coached offensively.

"But we've got to get ready for a Xavier team Wednesday that's one of the better offensive teams in our league, and we're going to have to figure out a way to score some points and figure out a way to stop their attack. If we spend too much time dwelling on what happened today, we're really asking for trouble."

Georgetown's D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera scored 24 points, with 12 coming during the 31-3 run that ended with Jabril Trawick's 3-pointer giving the Hoyas a 43-18 lead with 13 minutes left. Creighton missed 24 shots in a row before Avery Dingman's 3-pointer from the corner drew a roar from the CenturyLink Center sellout crowd of 17,499.

"We didn't give ourselves a chance shooting that bad," said Dingman, who led the Bluejays with eight points. "We've got to keep shooting. Guys need to get in the gym and get up a lot more shots, and we need to stay confident."

Creighton (10-13, 1-9 Big East) shot 17.9 percent (5 of 28) the first 20 minutes, its worst mark for a half this season, and things didn't get much better the rest of the game.

"It wasn't that they took shots out of the norm," Smith-Rivera said. "Today they got quite a few shots they usually knock down that they didn't make. I think we defended well, so it kind of frustrated them a little."

Trawick added 15 points for the Hoyas (15-6, 7-3), who beat Creighton 76-61 in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 3.

Coming off a 13-point loss at home to Xavier, the Hoyas shot 50 percent against Creighton while winning for the fifth time in six games.

Georgetown scored the first nine points and led 12-2 less than five minutes after tipoff. Will Artino missed a point-blank shot underneath the basket, the first of a half-dozen missed layups by the Bluejays, and Toby Hegner air-balled a wide-open 3-pointer.

The Hoyas briefly let Creighton back into it, missing nine shots in a row and going scoreless nearly six minutes. Creighton rolled off 13 straight points and led by three after Devin Brook's lay-in with 10:09 left.

PHOTO: Creighton's Toby Hegner (32) and Zach Hanson (40) defend against Georgetown's Mikael Hopkins during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, in Omaha, Neb. Georgetown won 67-40. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
Creighton's Toby Hegner (32) and Zach Hanson (40) defend against Georgetown's Mikael Hopkins during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, in Omaha, Neb. Georgetown won 67-40. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

But the Bluejays didn't make another field goal for 17 minutes, 18 seconds, after they had fallen behind by 25 points.

The performance came three days after Creighton had picked up its first Big East win, 77-74 over St. John's.

"It's extremely disappointing and surprising because of what we were coming off of Wednesday," McDermott said. "We had our best offensive performance in Big East play. I felt that carried over into practice. It's somewhat troublesome for this to happen. But Georgetown's length and physicality had something to do with it. They're a Top 25 team for a reason."

TIP-INS

Georgetown: Forward L.J. Peak was back in the Hoyas' starting lineup. Peak started the first 19 games but did not Tuesday against Xavier because of an ankle injury. ...The Hoyas' struggles at the free-throw line continued in the first half. After making 13 of 24 against Xavier, they were 5 of 9.

Creighton: Bluejays are 1-4 against Top 25 opponents. ... Toby Hegner, whose 21 points against St. John's on Wednesday were the most by a Creighton freshman since 2010-11, was held to five. ... The Bluejays, who have used eight starting combinations in 23 games, opened with all seniors for the second straight game.

HOW COLD WERE THEY?

Creighton's 20.8-percent shooting was the 12th-lowest mark in Division I this season, according to STATS, and the lowest by a Big East team since Marquette shot 18.9 percent against Ohio State on Nov. 16, 2013. It was the worst in a Big East game since West Virginia shot 20 percent against Cincinnati on Jan. 30, 2008.

GEORGETOWN DEFENSE

Thompson wasn't ready to give credit to his team's defense for Creighton's dismal shooting. "As a coach you forget the 10 stops you had. You remember the one open shot when someone didn't do something and they get a wide-open shot. I can think of too many of those examples to praise our defense."

UP NEXT

Georgetown hosts Providence on Wednesday.

Creighton visits Xavier on Wednesday.

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