Sacar Anim – Photo Courtesy of Marquette Athletics

The Marquette Golden Eagles dropped its Big East Conference opener, 92-75 at Chi Health Center Omaha on New Years Day.

Markus Howard, Sacar Anim and Brendan Bailey led the Golden Eagles (10-3, 0-1 Big East) with 18 points apiece in the loss.  Bailey posted the first double-double of his career and the first by any Marquette player this season with 11 rebounds.

The Blue Jays (12-2, 1-0 Big East) took a 48-38 lead into the intermission and extended their lead in the second half.

Junior guards Mitchell Ballock and Ty-Shon Alexander scored 24 and 21 points, respectively to lead Creighton, which shot 50% (33-of-66) from the field and 17 of 22 from the free throw line.

The Golden Eagles are now 6-9 in Big East openers.  They return to action on Saturday against No. 10 Villanova at 1 p.m. at Fiserv Forum.

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