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Midwest region: Doug McDermott sparks Creighton Bluejays

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 1 2015 10:52 a.m. MDT

Creighton's Doug McDermott reacts after a Cincinnati turnover in the final minute of the second half of a second-round game at the NCAA college basketball tournament, Friday, March 22, 2013, in Philadelphia. Creighton won 67-63. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) (Associated Press) Creighton's Doug McDermott reacts after a Cincinnati turnover in the final minute of the second half of a second-round game at the NCAA college basketball tournament, Friday, March 22, 2013, in Philadelphia. Creighton won 67-63. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) (Associated Press)

PHILADELPHIA — Doug McDermott can put his decision about whether to stay at Creighton or bolt for the NBA on hold. He'll let the Bluejays' NCAA run play a factor in deciding his fate.

Whether he stays or goes, McDermott showed why he's an All-American on Friday. He scored 27 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and made all 11 free throws to help Creighton hold on to beat Cincinnati 67-63 in the second round of the Midwest Regional.

Up ahead, No. 3 seed Duke on Sunday.

"Since last season, we wanted to get back to this game," said McDermott, the two-time Missouri Valley Conference player of the year.

The Bluejays (28-7) moved on to the third round for the second straight season. They were eliminated last year by North Carolina at that point.

Cincinnati's JaQuon Parker, left, and Creighton's Grant Gibbs collide during the first half of a second-round game of the NCAA college basketball tournament, Friday, March 22, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez) (Associated Press) Cincinnati's JaQuon Parker, left, and Creighton's Grant Gibbs collide during the first half of a second-round game of the NCAA college basketball tournament, Friday, March 22, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez) (Associated Press)

DUKE 73, ALBANY 61: At Philadelphia, Seth Curry scored 26 points, Mason Plumlee had 23 and second-seeded Duke beat Albany. The Blue Devils, who lost 75-70 to 15th-seeded Lehigh in the second round last year, never really pulled away from the Great Danes (24-11), who got as close as eight points with 4:40 to play.

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