MILWAUKEE, Wis. -- Doug McDermott had a game-high 25 points and moved up to 11th on the NCAA all-time scoring chart as No. 11/12 Creighton picked up a road win at Marquette on Wednesday night, 85-70. Ethan Wragge added 22 points for the Bluejays, including six three-pointers.
Creighton improved to 22-4 on the year and at 12-2 in BIG EAST play, moved one-half game ahead of Villanova in the league standings. Marquette dropped to 15-11, 7-6 in league play. It was just the second home loss in league play in MU's last 25 games, and MU's largest conference home loss since a Feb. 2, 2005 loss to UAB by 23 points in Conference USA action.
Creighton came out living up to its reputation as the nation's top shooting team, making five of its first six attempts from deep to build a 17-13 lead. Jahenns Manigat made the first two, and after a hoop inside from Doug McDermott, Ethan Wragge made his next three long-distance shots.
Creighton's lead reached double-figures at 26-16 on a McDermott score, and CU would maintain a lead the rest of the half and own a 42-35 edge at intermission.
McDermott scored the first four points after the break to give CU its biggest lead yet at 46-35, only to see Marquette answer with six straight and get the crowd on its feet. McDermott would answer, draining a trey in transition to silence the fans. McDermott's first basket after the half, a left-handed lay-up over two defenders, moved him past Tyler Hansbrough and into 12th place on the NCAA's all-time scoring list.
Just when Creighton's lead looked safe, Marquette put together another run with seniors Chris Otule and Jamil Wilson leading the way. A 9-3 MU run trimmed CU's lead to 64-59 with 7:27 remaining. Once again it was McDermott to the rescue, sinking a long trey to put CU up eight and move up to 11th in NCAA history (passing Elvin Hayes) in the process.
MU would answer with 1-for-2 trips to the line by Otule, only to have McDermott score inside and then Austin Chatman drain a triple to make it 72-61 with 5:26 left. After a stop, McDermott's pull up jumper pushed the margin to 74-61, and Wragge rolled in his sixth trey 40 seconds later and sent fans heading towards the exits with just under four minutes to go to cap a 15-3 Bluejay run.
McDermott had 25 points on 9-for-12 shooting, while Wragge had 22 points on just eight attempts, making six three-pointers. Creighton shot 12-of-23 from three-point range while making 28-for-45 shots (62.2 percent) overall. Creighton also dished 21 assists on 28 baskets.
MU had four men in double-figures, led by 13 points from Todd Mayo and 11 by Deonte Burton. The Golden Eages were 2-of-11 from three-point range and 20-of-36 at the line.
Creighton returns home on Sunday for a 4:02 pm game vs. Seton Hall.
NOTES: Creighton got 61 points from its seniors and 24 points from its juniors to account for its 85 points ...Marquette was 20-for-36 at the line after displaying 54-for-61 marksmanship from the stripe in its previous two games, both wins ...Marquette had a season-long three-game win streak snapped ...Among the NBA scouts sitting courtside was Hall of Fame player Scottie Pippen.
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