Doug McDermott left the Bradley Center on Wednesday night having provided more evidence as to why he is the leading, and perhaps only, candidate for college basketball's player of the year award.

But he was more thrilled that Creighton showed it intends to fight for a Big East championship until the final bell with a hard-earned 85-70 victory over Marquette before an announced crowd of 15,539.

The Golden Eagles, who haven't lived up to preseason expectations that they were the Big East favorites, are still a tough out on their home court. But the Bluejays withstood Marquette's best punch to win a physical game slowed by 52 fouls called on the two teams.