McDermott leads No. 18 Creighton past Butler 68-63

Butler guard Kellen Dunham (24) goes to the floor after being tripped by Creighton guard Avery Dingman in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Indianapolis, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Doug McDermott scored 26 points and made the go-ahead 3-pointer with 47.8 seconds left to give No. 18 Creighton a 68-63 win over Butler on Thursday night.

The Bluejays (20-4, 10-2 Big East) have won five of six and 15 of 17, and are now within a half game of No. 6 Villanova in the conference standings.

Kellen Dunham had 16 points and Alex Barlow added 13 for Butler (12-13, 2-11), which has lost four straight.

After leading most of the first half, Creighton found itself in a back-and-forth struggle most of the second half and couldn’t fend off Butler’s charges until McDermott hit the 3 to make it 64-63.

Andrew Chrabascz had two chances to give Butler a late lead but twice lost the ball and a 3 from Dunham that might have forced overtime was short.

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