Mar­quette’s Howard scores 45, up­sets K-State

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Colleges -

Markus Howard scored 45 points and went 19 of 21 from the foul line, and Mar­quette used tight de­fense to counter Kansas State’s in-your-face play in an 83-71 vic­tory Satur­day in Mil­wau­kee, hand­ing the 12th-ranked Wild­cats their first loss.

Sacar Anim added 16 points for the Golden Ea­gles (6-2), who didn’t back down from the phys­i­cal Wild­cats. Mar­quette out­re­bounded Kansas State 34-25 and kept at­tack­ing the rim in hold­ing a dou­ble-digit lead for most of the sec­ond half.

Play­ing its first true road game against its tough­est foe of the young season, Kansas State (6-1) saw its de­fense fal­ter. Mar­quette shot 57 per­cent from the field, about 20 points higher than what Kansas State had al­lowed.

High­lights

No. 1 Gon­zaga 103, Creighton 92: Zach Norvell Jr. scored 23 of his ca­reer-high 28 points in the sec­ond half, and the Bull­dogs (8-0) wiped out an early 11-point deficit to beat the Blue­jays (6-2) in a matchup of two of the na­tion’s top of­fen­sive teams in Omaha, Neb.

No. 5 Ne­vada 73, USC 61: Jor­dan Caro­line scored 22 points, and the Wolf Pack took con­trol with a dom­i­nant sec­ond half to beat the Trojans (5-3) in Los An­ge­les and equal their 8-0 start from last season.

No. 7 Michi­gan 76, No. 19 Pur­due 57: Jor­dan Poole scored 21 points as part of a bal­anced of­fense, and the Wolver­ines (8-0) were stingy on de­fense while beat­ing the Boil­er­mak­ers (5-3) in a Big Ten opener.

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