Wragge, McDermott Lead Creighton over MU

The Marquette Golden Eagles put up a better fight against the 11th-ranked Creighton Bluejays than they did on New Year's Eve in Omaha, but it still wasn't enough. The Bluejays prevailed 85-70 at a hostile BMO Harris Bradley Center on Wednesday night.

The Golden Eagles (15-11) got out to an early lead in the first four minutes of the game, but Ethan Wragge hit his second of six threes with 15:17 to go that gave Creighton (22-4) a lead they would never relinquish.

[Greg McDermott's three pt offense forced MU to go small]

"It goes without saying the way Marquette's playing that we were scared to death for this game," Creighton head coach Greg McDermott said. "We have tremendous respect for Marquette, we aspire to be what they have been in this league for a number of years. For us to get a couple victories over them, it's great because of the respect we have for them."

The Golden Eagles had four players score in double figures, with Todd Mayo leading the way with 13 points. Deonte Burton scored 11 and Derrick and Jamil Wilson both chimed in with 10 points.

[#12 Derrick Wilson continued is solid play with 10pts/4 rebs/6 assts in 39 min.]

"We just couldn't finish tonight," junior point guard Derrick Wilson said. "We couldn't hit any shots and they hit some big threes. They were the better team tonight."

Marquette cut the lead down to five points with 7:27 to go, but a 21-11 run sealed the deal for the Bluejays and dropped the Golden Eagles to a 7-6 record in the Big East.

[MU Coach Buzz Williams was fit to be tied by Creighton's three pt weapons and back door cuts]

"They put you in a lot of positions to pick your poison," head coach Buzz Williams said. "We tried a lot of different things, not much was working. That is really good offense and sub-par defense."

Marquette's perimeter defense has been so-so at best the entire season and it was the Achilles heel against the Bluejays. Creighton was 12-of-23 from the three-point line on the night. National Player of the Year front-runner Doug McDermott scored 25 points, 17 of which came in the second half. Big man Ethan Wragge poured in 22 points.

"Ethan's remained patient," Greg McDermott said. "Teams have done a lot to take him away and his teammates have been the recipients. We're fortunate to have a group of guys that don't care about their own stats. They care about winning."

Williams gave McDermott the ultimate praise and claimed he was the player of the year. He certainly played like it.

Marquette was down five with just six minutes left in the game and forced Creighton deep into the shot clock on the ensuing possession, but McDermott sank a step-back three as the clock expired that symbolized the dagger.

[Deonte Burton had 11pts/4 reb/4 fouls in 10 min]

"He was much more aggressive in the second half," Williams said. "He's a good player, he's in constant movement. Knows how to get fouled, knows how to force a switch, is very aware of how the other team guards him and how it affects the other four guys on his team."

[FoxSports 1's Bill Raftery looked into a mirror before the MU v Creighton broadcast]

The loss puts Marquette in a pivotal situation for the last stretch of the season. With few quality wins on the tournament resume, the Golden Eagles may have to run the table the rest of the way to be in consideration for a tournament bid.

Marquette begins the home stretch of the season Saturday afternoon against the lowly DePaul Blue Demons in Chicago.

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