OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Creighton's Baylor Scheierman saved one of his best games for his last at CHI Health Center.

The Big East player of the year candidate 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'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!”

The fifth-year player from Aurora, Nebraska, also had a season-high 16 rebounds for his eighth double-double in 10 games and conference-leading 14th.

“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. Coupled with its win over then-No. 1 UConn on Feb. 20, Creighton beat two top-five opponents in the same season for the first time.

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 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.

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 points and 11 assists for the Bluejays, who honored their 1974 Sweet 16 team at halftime.

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.

Marquette got within 67-65 before Scheierman got hot and led the Bluejays on a 20-8 game-ending run.

“Baylor’s a big-time player,” Creighton's Francisco Farabello said, “and we know he’s going to appear in those moments.”


Marquette: With its two best players out, there was no shame losing a road game to Creighton. The Golden Eagles already have locked up a first-round bye in the conference tournament and can't finish lower than fourth.

Creighton: Scheierman continues to fuel the Bluejays. He had been quiet in the second half until his late flurry of 3s gave his team the cushion it needed to put away the game.


Marquette: Hosts No. 3 UConn on Wednesday. The Golden Eagles lost 81-53 to the Huskies two weeks ago.

Creighton: Visits Villanova on Saturday. The Bluejays lost 68-66 in overtime to the Wildcats Dec. 20.

Washington State tops No. 13 Colorado women, stuffing the Buffs with a 14-0 run to end the game

BOULDER. Colo. (AP) — Eleonora Villa scored 20 points, Astera Tuhina added 14 points and Washington State closed with a 14-0 run to beat 13th-ranked Colorado 72-63 on Saturday in the Pac-12 season finale for both teams.

Bella Murekatete and Tara Wallack each scored 12 points for the Cougars (18-13, 7-11).

Jaylyn Sherrod scored 18 points, shooting 11 for 12 from the foul line but just 3 of 16 from the field for Colorado. Aaronette Vonleh scored 15 points, Frida Formann 10 and Quay Miller grabbed 10 rebounds for the Buffaloes.

Vonleh’s layup with 2:56 left put the Buffaloes ahead 63-58 but they never scored again. Villa made a 3-pointer and shot 3 of 4 from the foul line in the final 21 seconds and scored six of WSU's final 14 points.

The loss was Colorado’s (21-8, 11-7) first to an unranked team this season. The Buffaloes started the season ranked No. 20 and established overwhelming high hopes beating defending champion LSU 92-78 in Las Vegas. The Buffaloes rose to as high as No. 3 in the rankings on three occasions but now find themselves limping into postseason play having lost five of their last six games.

Washington State continues to turn the tide heading to postseason play with its third win in its last five contests following a five-game losing streak, three of which were against ranked teams. The Buffaloes were ranked sixth when they beat the Cougars 63-57 one month ago in Pullman, Washington, to start the Cougars' five-game skid.

Both teams play again Wednesday to start the conference tournament in Las Vegas.

Martinez scores 21 to help No. 22 Utah State top Air Force 72-60

LOGAN, Utah (AP) — Ian Martinez scored 21 points to lead No. 22 Utah State to a 72-60 victory over Air Force on Friday night.

Martinez had his fifth 20-point game of his career after shooting 7-of-10 from the field. It was a nice bounce back performance for the senior guard after totaling 10 points and three field goals over his previous two contests.

When he knocked down a 3-pointer for his first basket just a minute into the game, Martinez instantly felt like he was back on track offensively.

“I had been missing a lot of shots lately so it kind of got my confidence going,” Martinez said. “I think it gave us a little rhythm too. The mentality was just to come in and get the first punch in the first four minutes, try and set the tone.”

Mason Falslev added 10 points, six rebounds, and five assists to help the Aggies (24-5, 12-4 Mountain West) win their third straight game. Utah State outscored Air Force 16-0 in fastbreak points. The Aggies also totaled 11 steals and forced 13 turnovers overall.

Ethan Taylor led Air Force with 15 points. Rytis Petraitis chipped in 14 points and Beau Becker added 12 for the Falcons (9-19, 2-14), who lost for the ninth time in 10 games.

Utah State made six straight baskets and scored on eight consecutive possessions overall to build a 34-19 lead late in the first half. Martinez led the charge with two baskets and a pair of free throws during that decisive stretch.

“He’s just really hard to guard,” Utah State coach Danny Sprinkle said. “When we space correctly and he goes one-on-one, he’s going to draw two defenders and he’s a willing passer.”

Air Force trimmed the deficit to single digits after halftime, cutting Utah State’s lead to 56-48 with 12:14 left after Taylor and Becker knocked down back-to-back 3-pointers.

That’s as close as Air Force got before the Aggies pulled away again. The Falcons endured a seven-minute scoring drought, opening the door for Utah State push its lead back to double digits.

“We had five possessions in a row where we didn’t execute,” Air Force coach Joe Scott said. “We weren’t doing what we were doing (earlier). You can’t do it against a team like this. You can’t do it against any team in this league basically because everyone is good.”

Javon Jackson’s fastbreak layup capped an 11-0 run that gave the Aggies a 67-48 lead with 5:27 remaining.

Utah State’s stifling defense gave the Aggies breathing room during a quiet second half offensively where they made only eight field goals.

“That’s our staple,” Sprinkle said. “If we don’t guard, we don’t have a chance.”


Air Force has never won a road game against a ranked opponent and fell to 4-91 all-time against ranked teams.

Utah State led wire to wire while taking another step closer to clinching a share of the Mountain West Conference regular season title.


Air Force visits Wyoming on Tuesday.

Utah State visits San Jose State on Wednesday.

Thomas scores 28 as Northern Colorado knocks off Idaho State 81-79

POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — Saint Thomas' 28 points helped Northern Colorado defeat Idaho State 81-79 on Saturday night.

Thomas added 12 rebounds and eight assists for the Bears (18-12, 11-6 Big Sky Conference). Brock Wisne scored 13 points and added five rebounds. Jaron Rillie shot 5 for 10, including 0 for 3 from beyond the arc to finish with 11 points, while adding seven rebounds, six assists, and three steals.

The Bengals (12-18, 7-10) were led by Maleek Arington, who posted 23 points and four steals. Idaho State also got 19 points, two steals and two blocks from Brayden Parker. In addition, Miguel Tomley had 15 points, four assists and two steals.

Bjorklund puts up 17, St. Thomas beats Denver 83-58

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Parker Bjorklund's 17 points helped St. Thomas defeat Denver 83-58 on Saturday night.

Bjorklund also had seven rebounds for the Tommies (19-12, 9-7 Summit League). Kendall Blue scored 13 points and added seven rebounds. Raheem Anthony shot 5 for 10, including 2 for 4 from beyond the arc to finish with 12 points, while adding five rebounds and six assists.

DeAndre Craig finished with 11 points for the Pioneers (15-16, 6-10). Tyson Garff added 11 points for Denver. In addition, Pedro Lopez-Sanvicente had 10 points.