The Marquette Golden Eagles fell to Big East Conference newcomer Creighton 67-49 on New Years Eve in Omaha, Nebraska.
The Golden Eagles (8-6) were the preseason pick to win the reshaped Big East Conference, but they struggled last night against the Blue Jays (11-2) and have the league’s worst overall record.
Creighton tied a school record with 35 three-point attempts, making 13 of them, as they jumped out to an early lead and never trailed.
All-American forward Doug McDermott scored 19 points to lead the Blue Jays.
Marquette got 10 points apiece from Jamil Wilson and Chris Otule but shot just 38% from the field. They also turned it over 15 times in the loss.
The game was played before 18,525 fans at the CenturyLink Center. That’s the 3rd largest crowd ever to watch a Creighton men’s basketball game.
Marquette returns to Milwaukee to play host to DePaul on Saturday afternoon (1:00pm) at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.