Marquette falls to Creighton with guard Tyler Kolek sidelined

OMAHA, Neb. -- Baylor Scheierman scored 26 points and made three straight 3-pointers late in the game Saturday to lead No. 12 Creighton to an 89-75 victory over No. 5 Marquette, which played without star guard Tyler Kolek and big man Oso Ighodaro.

Scheierman, a Big East player of the year candidate who was playing his final game at CHI Health Center, had 16 rebounds for his eighth double-double in 10 games and 14th of the season.

Scheierman's run of three 3s in less than two minutes broke open what had been a two-point game. He was in so good a rhythm that after his last one, he turned to the crowd and yelled, "I don't even got to look!"

"Last game in this building, last game probably in Nebraska in front of family and friends ... Just a special feeling, especially when the group is as close as we are," Scheierman said.

Creighton (22-8, 13-6) avenged a 72-67 loss in Milwaukee on Dec. 30 and kept itself in position for the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament in two weeks.

Marquette (22-7, 13-5) lost for the first time in four games.

"Certainly, looking at it from their standpoint, their program, that's how you want a senior day to go for your seniors and departing guys," Marquette coach Shaka Smart said. "I think from our standpoint, really proud of our guys' fight, connectivity, energy, resilience, stamina, belief."

Kolek, the reigning Big East player of the year, didn't play after leaving Wednesday's game against Providence with an injury to an oblique, an abdominal muscle, and Ighodaro was out because of illness. Chase Ross started in place of Kolek and Ben Gold in place of Ighodaro.

Kolek averages 15 points per game and leads the nation with 7.9 assists per game. Ighodaro averages 14 points per game and is the Golden Eagles' top rebounder at 7.3 per game.

Smart said he didn't now how long Kolek would be out, and Creighton coach Greg McDermott offered best wishes.

"I pray to God that he's back on the floor soon," McDermott said. "He's been such a good representative of our league and one of the best point guards in the country, and Marquette has had an incredible [two seasons] with him at the controls. You want to play against them at their best."

Ryan Kalkbrenner scored 19 points and Trey Alexander added 18 for the Bluejays, who honored their 1974 Sweet 16 team during a halftime ceremony.

Kam Jones led the Golden Eagles with 23 points, David Joplin had 21 and Stevie Mitchell had 15 points and nine rebounds.

Creighton looked ready to put the game away midway through the second half when Scheierman stripped the ball from Jones and drove the length of the court for a layup to make it 60-50.

Jones' 3-pointer cut it to 63-62 before Kalkbrenner converted Alexander's pass into a dunk and Scheierman made two free throws after a Marquette backcourt violation.

Creighton missed four straight 3s, allowing Marquette to get within 67-65. Scheierman's three 3s over two minutes and Francisco Farabello's basket from the deep corner put the Bluejays up 81-69 with 2:14 left.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.