Mar­quette’s Howard scores 45, up­sets K-State

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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.

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