Published Friday, December 7, 2012 AT 10:52 PM / Updated at 11:07 PM
McDermott keeps accomplishments in proper perspective
Steven Pivovar Omaha World-Herald

Doug McDermott has made it clear throughout his Creighton career that he’s not one to get hung up on individual accomplishments.

The modest McDermott reached another milestone in Thursday’s 64-42 win over Nebraska. He scored 27 points to move into the top 10 on the Bluejays’ all-time scoring chart.

He wasn’t aware of it until asked about it on Friday.

“It’s really cool but I never thought I’d be in this situation,’’ McDermott said. “Just to hear my name above some of those great players is pretty remarkable. I have a lot of great teammates, guys like Grant Gibbs.’’

Four of McDermott’s 10 baskets against the Huskers came off assists from Gibbs, who finished with 10 against just one turnover. Last season, McDermott scored a nation-leading 307 baskets and 94 of them came on assists from Gibbs.

“A lot of other people deserve the credit for what I’m doing,’’ McDermott said.

McDermott has scored 1,579 points in his 83 games as a Bluejay. He moved past Benoit Benjamin, who had held 10th place on the scoring chart with 1,575 points in 89 games over three seasons.

McDermott is averaging 21.9 points per game this season. If the junior forward  maintains that pace, he would need 25 games to break the school record of 2,116 points that Rodney Buford set in four seasons. The Bluejays have a minimum of 23 games left this season.

Of the nine players standing above McDermott on the scoring chart, two others played just three seasons for the Bluejays. Bob Portman averaged a school-record 24.6 points for his career while scoring 1,876 points in 76 games from 1966 to 1969.

Portman stands fourth on the all-time chart. The No. 8 spot is held by Paul Silas, who scored 1,661 points in 81 games from 1961-64.

“I’m going to keep working because I think I can continue to get better,’’ McDermott said. “And it’s not just about points. I want to continue to expand my game and get better every single day.’’

About Steven Pivovar

Steven Pivovar is a staff writer for The Omaha World-Herald and primarily covers Creighton athletics and the College World Series. You can follow Steven on Twitter (@PivOWH) or email him at spivovar@owh.com.