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.
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 leading scorer Dean Wade (16.2 points) to the bench with five fouls and 11 points.
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. Gonzaga won its first true road game with the help of double-doubles from Brandon Clarke (27 points and 10 rebounds) and Rui Hachimura (22 and 11). 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 routing a third ranked team this season and beating the Boilermakers (5-3) in the teams’ Big Ten opener.
No. 10 Kentucky 78, UNC Greensboro 61: Reid Travis scored 22 points, and Keldon Johnson added six of his 13 points during a 14-2 second-half run that helped the Wildcats ( 7-1) beat the Spartans ( 7-2) in Lexington, Ky., for their seventh consecutive victory. UNCG led by five with 13:08 left, but a 14-2 run fueled by Johnson and Travis put UK ahead for good.