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Howard, Johnson lead Marquette past Georgetown, 76-66

December 29, 2016
Marquette's Jajuan Johnson dunks past Georgetown's Bradley Hayes (42) and Rodney Pryor during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
Marquette's Jajuan Johnson dunks past Georgetown's Bradley Hayes (42) and Rodney Pryor during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Markus Howard had career highs with five 3-pointers and 23 points, Jajuan Johnson added 20 with five assists and four steals on Wednesday night and Marquette beat Georgetown 76-77 in the Big East Conference opener for both teams.

Andrew Rowsey added 11 points and Luke Fischer scored eight with 10 rebounds.

Johnson and Howard hit back-to-back 3-pointers to cap an 11-0 run to start the game and Rowsey’s with 14:30 left in the half made it 16-2 and Marquette (10-3) never trailed. Georgetown used runs of 8-0 and 10-3 to make it 26-all on Tre Campbell’s 3 about seven minutes later, but another 3-pointer by Rowsey capped a 12-2 spurt that spanned halftime and gave the Golden Eagles a 50-37 lead with 15 minutes to go. Georgetown twice pulled within eight in the final 3:08, but would get no closer.

Rodney Pryor led the Hoyas (8-5) with 23 points.

Marquette has won three in a row and eight of its last nine.

Georgetown had won six in a row.

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