Jan. 03. 2018
HOWARD'S RECORD 52 POINTS LIFT MU PAST PC, 95-90
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - Markus Howard broke a nearly 60-year old Marquette scoring record with 52 points in a 95-90 victory over Providence on Wednesday evening at the Dunkin' Donuts Center.
In the process, Howard also set a new program record with 17 field goals, including 11 from 3-point range, which tied his own MU record set earlier this season against Chicago State. Marquette's previous record of 44 points was set in February of 1958 by Mike Moran against Creighton and tied in 1990 by Tony Smith against Wisconsin.
The Golden Eagles (11-4, 2-1 BIG EAST) trailed by six, 79-73, with 1:17 remaining before Howard scored from deep and converted an old fashioned 3-point play while driving through the lane with 24 seconds left. MU had one last chance to win in regulation after a second Kyron Cartwright turnover in the final minute, but Andrew Rowsey's shot fell just short.
MU led by as many as six points in overtime and it was Sam Hauser provided the finishing touches from deep after PC had pulled within a pair with just 49 seconds remaining.
Rowsey was the only other MU player in double figures with 13, while Matt Heldt, Sacar Anim and Greg Elliott all fouled out as Marquette was called for 11 more fouls (28-17) than the Friars.
Cartwright led PC (10-6, 1-2 BIG EAST) with 29 points.
Howard shot out of the gate in the second half with MU's first eight points to put the Golden Eagles in front, 45-38, after a one point halftime deficit.
Rowsey, who posted 11 first half points, picked up his second foul of the game at the 12:29 mark of the first half and headed to the bench before returning with six quick points later in the half. The Lexington, Virginia native sat the final 3:12 of the first frame after picking up his third fould contesting a pass to Cartwright in the backcourt.
The Golden Eagles will stay on the East Coast through the remainder of the week before facing No. 3 Villanova on Saturday night at 7 p.m. Central time.