Marquette’s Howard scores 45, upsets K-State
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.
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.