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Baylor Scheierman lifts No. 12 Creighton past No. 5 Marquette for the Big East’s last major win

The Bluejays proved again Saturday afternoon that they belong in the conversation among the Big East’s best.

No. No. 12 Creighton, thanks to a late burst from Baylor Scheierman, breezed past No. 5 Marquette late to take an 89-75 win Saturday at CHI Health Center. It marked the Blue Jays’ last major win in conference play, and moved them just half a game out of second place in the standings with the Big East tournament looming. They have also now defeated two top-5 opponents in the same season for the first time in program history.

After a close battle early on, Marquette – which was missing two of its best players on Saturday – closed the first half on a quick 6-0 run to cut the deficit to just two points. Kam Jones then opened the second half with a layup that immediately tied the game, and David Joplin also threw down a wild dunk over Creighton 7-footer Ryan Kalkbrenner early in the second half.

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Although Creighton went a brutal 1-of-11 from behind the arc to open the second half, it somehow managed to keep Marquette at bay. It wasn’t until Baylor Scheierman finally hit a three-pointer four minutes in that the Bluejays finally started to pull away for good.

Francisco Farabello then hit a three-pointer of his own and Scheierman hit two more, resulting in a mini 12-2 run that pushed them to a twelve-point lead. From then on, Creighton simply held on and took the 14-point win.

Marquette was missing both star Tyler Kolek and forward Oso Ighodaro on Saturday. Kolek was dealing with an oblique injury and Ighodaro with an illness. Kam Jones led the Golden Eagles with 23 points, and Joplin added 21 points and had five rebounds.

Marquette will host No. 3 UConn on Wednesday night, which means a big chance for redemption for the Golden Eagles. UConn stunned them with a wild 28-point victory last month, making it very clear who was the dominant force in the Big East. Marquette then closes the season next weekend against Xavier.

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Scheierman led Creighton with 26 points and 16 rebounds while shooting 6-of-12 from the 3-point line. Kalkbrenner added 19 points and four rebounds, and Trey Alexander finished with 18 points and 11 assists.

Creighton, which handed UConn its first loss in two full months in February, now has a 22-8 record. Although the Bluejays slipped to St. John’s in the immediate aftermath of their win over the Huskies, they have now won two in a row after a 21-point blowout at Seton Hall earlier this week. Next Saturday they close the regular season against Villanova.

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