Doug McDermott scored 27 points, Gregory Echenique had 12 points and 12 rebounds and No. 16 Creighton beat in-state rival Nebraska, 64-42, in Lincoln on Thursday night.
However, basketball wasn’t the only thing on the minds of the Creighton (8-1) players.
Bluejays guard Josh Jones was taken to a Lincoln hospital for tests after passing out before the game.
Coach Greg McDermott said after the game that Jones fainted during pregame warmups. He was taken out of the Devaney Center on a stretcher.
Jones will be held overnight and undergo further testing Friday.
Greg McDermott wrote in a text message to The Associated Press that Jones ‘‘is tired but doing well.’’
In 2007, Jones was diagnosed with a bacterial infection — infective endocarditis — early in his senior year at Omaha Central High School. He underwent open-heart surgery to replace his aortic valve with one formed from cow tissue.
He resumed playing basketball in December 2007 and hadn’t had any heart issues since.
‘‘It was hard for our guys to get focused, hard for me to get focused, when something like that happens 20 minutes before game time,’’ Greg McDermott said.
It was the Bluejays’ first win in Lincoln since 2004. Creighton and Nebraska were meeting for the 46th time, and the home team had won the last seven games. The Huskers lead the series, 25-21.
‘‘Usually, when it’s a rival, it’s not pretty,’’ Echenique said. ‘‘There is a lot of adrenaline, a lot of stuff going on. It’s normal. We’re a team that usually doesn’t panic. We stuck through it.’’
Dylan Talley scored 14 points and Brandon Ubel had eight points and 10 rebounds to lead the Cornhuskers (6-2), who were off to their best start since 2008-09.
Syracuse 84, Long Beach St. 53 — C.J. Fair and Michael Carter-Williams paced the No. 4 Orange in their dismantling of the 49ers. Fair led host Syracuse (7-0) with 16 points and 13 rebounds while Carter-Williams added 15 points and 10 assists. Dan Jennings led Long Beach St. (3-5) with 20 points.
Cincinnati 87, Ark.-Little Rock 53 — Sean Kilpatrick scored 10 of his 18 points in the second half, and the Bearcats beat the visiting Trojans (7-4). Cincinnati set a school record with 23 steals. The No. 11 Bearcats (8-0) haven’t been ranked this high since the end of the 2003-04 season.
San Diego St. 84, UC-Santa Barbara 70 — Chase Tapley scored 23 points to lead the No. 17 Aztecs past the Gauchos for their seventh straight win. Jamaal Franklin added 14 points for San Diego St. (7-1). UC-Santa Barbara’s (3-5) Kyle Boswell made 7 of 10 3-pointers for a career-high 23 points.
BU 69, Coastal Carolina 63 — Dom Morris scored 18 points and D.J. Irving made two free throws with 9 seconds left to lead the Terriers to their second win over the Chanticleers in the last nine days. Kierre Greenwood led host Coastal Carolina (2-5) with 19 points. Travis Robinson added 15 points for BU (3-5), which has won three straight.
Providence 72, Rhode Island 57 — LaDontae Henton and Kadeem Batts led the host Friars past the Rams (2-7). Henton posted a double-double with 21 points and 17 rebounds for Providence (7-2). Batts went 8-for-19 shooting to finish with 23 points.
Connecticut 67, Penn State 52 — Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored a season-high 25 points and the No. 2 Huskies pulled away in the second half to beat the 10th-ranked Nittany Lions in Storrs, Conn. UConn has won eight straight against Penn State. Brianna Banks added 10 points for the Huskies (8-0), who won their fourth game this season against a ranked opponent and their second this week against a top 10 team. The Huskies beat No. 9 Maryland 63-48 on Monday. Maggie Lucas scored 15 points and Ariel Edwards added 10 for the Lions (6-2).
Duke 85, Georgia Tech 52 — Elizabeth Williams had a career-high 25 points and 11 rebounds, and the fourth-ranked Blue Devils routed the visiting Yellow Jackets. Haley Peters added 11 points and 11 rebounds for Duke (7-0, 1-0 ACC). Tyaunna Marshall led Georgia Tech (3-5, 0-1) with 23 points on 10-of-18 shooting.
Maryland 79, Virginia 55 — In College Park, Md., the No. 9 Terrapins topped the Cavaliers behind two players with double-doubles. Tianna Hawkins had 20 points and 12 rebounds, and Alyssa Thomas contributed 20 points and 11 rebounds in Maryland’s (5-2, 1-0 ACC) win. Ataira Franklin led Virginia (5-3, 0-1) with 15 points.
Indianapolis 3, New Haven 1 — In the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division 2 tournament in Pensacola, Fla., the Greyhounds edged the Chargers (31-2) behind Kristina Kerrigan’s 18 kills and 16 digs. The set scores were 25-16, 27-29, 25-17, and 25-22. Indianapolis (31-7) will play Tampa (31-3) on Saturday in the semifinals.