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Mean Green loses opener 71-51 to No. 16 Creighton

Updated: November 9, 2012, 11:53 PM ET
Associated Press

OMAHA, Neb. -- North Texas' Tony Mitchell played Creighton's Doug McDermott to a draw, but the Mean Green couldn't keep up with the 16th-ranked Bluejays in a season-opening 71-51 loss Friday night.

Mitchell, projected to be a possible lottery pick if he decides to turn pro after the season, finished with 18 points and seven rebounds.

McDermott, the returning All-American, had 21 points and 11 rebounds.

About a dozen NBA scouts were among the 17,139 at CenturyLink Center.

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