MILWAUKEE — Andrew Rowsey helped Marquette end its three-decade run at the Bradley Center with a lights-out performance from the 3-point line.
The Golden Eagles have the ability to come back from any deficit because of how well they shoot from the perimeter. Rowsey scored 26 points and hit three deep 3s in the final 3:21, highlighting a second-half shooting surge that helped Marquette beat Creighton 85-81 on Saturday.
Marquette (18-12, 9-9 Big East) swept both games this year with Creighton. This time, a team that shoots 41 percent from 3-point range on the year overcame a 14-point deficit with 16:35 to go with another remarkable display from the arc.
Rowsey, a senior playing his last home game, led the way after launching his 3s from well beyond the arc. He was so far out on the first of his three late 3s that two defenders had retreated. He was about 35 feet out, right about near the end of the scorer’s table next to the Marquette sideline.
“When you’re just out there playing, you don’t realize where you’re at,” Rowsey said.
Creighton (21-10, 10-8) still had a chance at the end after Marcus Foster hit a corner 3 with a defender in his face with 4 seconds left to draw within 83-81.
But Markus Howard, who had 25 points, finally finished off the Bluejays with two free throws with 3 seconds remaining.
“We are Marquette! We are Marquette” yelled the fans for one last time at the Bradley Center.
What a memorable way for the school to wrap a 30-year run at the arena. The Golden Eagles are joining the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks in moving to a new home next door scheduled to open in the fall.
“It was very bittersweet, knowing that everything is coming to an end,” Rowsey said about the moments after the final buzzer in his final home game.
Marquette needed a victory for a chance to get out of seventh place in the Big East and avoid playing in the first round of the conference tournament on Wednesday.
The loss, coupled with Providence’s win over St. John’s, gives the Friars the No. 3 seed into the Big East tournament and Creighton the fourth seed.