OMAHA, Neb. -- Doug McDermott overcame a slow start to finish with 20 points and 11 rebounds, and Creighton defeated California 68-54 on Sunday.
The Bluejays (9-2) won their fourth game in a row and led from start to finish for a third straight. The Golden Bears (8-4) shot just 36 percent and were held 21 points below their average of 75 a game.
Kravish, who had double-doubles in three of his previous seven games, committed his second foul 5 minutes into the game and didn't return until the start of the second half.
The Bluejays, who average 84 points, were limited to their second-lowest point total of the season while winning for the 50th time in 51 regular-season home games against an unranked opponent.
McDermott scored 34 points in Creighton's 74-64 win at Cal last year, and the Bears all but shut him down until late in the first half. The 6-foot-10 Richard Solomon was the primary defender on the 6-8 McDermott, and he and his teammates gave the two-time first-team All-American no easy shots early. McDermott's only basket in the first 17 minutes was a fast-break layup.
McDermott began to assert himself after Kameron Rooks' baseline jumper pulled the Bears to 20-18. He scored eight points during a 10-1 spurt to close the half, making a couple free throws, scoring against Wallace with a cool spin move and hitting a mid-range jumper. He made it 30-19 with a left-handed putback of Ethan Wragge's miss a second before the buzzer.
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