Howard’s 45 pow­ers Mar­quette vic­tory

Hartford Courant (Sunday) - - Sports - As­so­ci­ated Press

Markus Howard scored 45 points and went 19 of 21 from the line, and Mar­quette used tight de­fense to counter Kansas State’s in­y­our-face play in an 83-71 win Satur­day in Mil­wau­kee, hand­ing the No. 12 Wild­cats their first loss.

Sacar Anim added 16 points for the Golden Ea­gles (6-2). Mar­quette out­re­bounded Kansas State 34-25 and kept at­tack­ing the rim in hold­ing a dou­bledigit lead for most of the sec­ond half.

Howard’s pro­duc­tive day from the field (11 of 17) helped Mar­quette over­come 20 turnovers. The quick ju­nior drew a foul on a drive with 7:57 left to send Kansas State (6-1) lead­ing scorer Dean Wade (16.2 points) to the bench with five fouls and 11 points.

Gon­zaga, Kansas rally:

Zach Norvell Jr. scored 23 of his ca­reer-high 28 points in the sec­ond half, and top-ranked Gon­zaga wiped out an early dou­ble-digit deficit and beat Creighton 103-92 in Omaha, Neb.

The Bull­dogs (8-0), down 48-41 at half, got eight quick points from Norvell to pull close, and Corey Kis­pert’s 3 put them up 66-65.

In Lawrence, Kan., Lager­ald Vick hit the ty­ing 3 in the clos­ing sec­onds of reg­u­la­tion, and then had eight of his 27 points in over­time to lead No. 2 Kansas to a 90-84 win over Stan­ford.

Dae­jon Davis hit two free throws with 13.3 sec­onds left to push Stan­ford’s lead to 75-72 af­ter driv­ing in and draw­ing a foul by Dedric Law­son. Kansas then ran its “chop” play, and Devon Dot­son found Vick for the ty­ing 3 with just 7 sec­onds left.

Law­son fin­ished with 24 points and 15 re­bounds, and Udoka Azubuike had 18 points and nine re­bounds for the Jay­hawks (6-0).

Michi­gan stays hot: Jor­dan Poole scored 21 points as part of a bal­anced of­fense and No. 7 Michi­gan was stingy on de­fense in a 76-57 home win over No. 19 Pur­due, rout­ing a third ranked team this season.

The Wolver­ines (8-0) are off to their best start since win­ning the first 16 games of the 2012-13 season.

The Boil­er­mak­ers (5-3) have lost three of their last four games.

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