NCAA Tournament: Let the games begin - in earnest
Reigning national champion Villanova will be in action along with Michigan, the runner-up from a year ago, while Belmont and Murray State open the NCAA Tournament as trendy upset...
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Murray State's Ja Morant and Marquette's Markus Howard have much in common: Point guards, prolific scorers, conference players of the year, All-America contenders. And,...
Seton Hall beats Marquette 81-79 to reach Big East final
NEW YORK (AP) — Instead of a showdown between the Big East's top two scorers, Seton Hall-Marquette devolved into a chippy foul-fest and ended with the league's player of the year coming up short...
NEW YORK (AP) — Just when it seemed No. 23 Marquette was about to let a fifth straight game slip away, Markus Howard showed everyone why he was the Big East player of the year.
Marquette meets St. John’s in Big East quarters
No. 7 seed St. John's (21-11, 9-10) vs. No. 2 seed Marquette (23-8, 12-6)
Big East Conference Tourney Quarterfinals, Madison Square Garden, New York; Thursday, 6 p.m. EDT
Marquette’s Howard and Nova’s Wright honored by Big East
NEW YORK (AP) — Marquette guard Markus Howard is the Big East player of the year after leading the conference in scoring and helping the Golden Eagles to a second-place finish in the regular...
No. 16 Marquette’s Howard scoring in bunches
Marquette's Markus Howard scores on step-back 3-pointers, floaters in the lane, by slithering between bigger defenders on drives to the basket, shooting from distances stretching to near...
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Marquette has to regroup quickly to salvage its once-promising season.
Freshman guards James Akinjo scored 25 points. Mac McClung added 23 and Georgetown beat No. 16...
Georgetown faces tough test vs No. 16 Marquette
Georgetown (18-12, 8-9) vs. No. 16 Marquette (23-7, 12-5)
Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee; Saturday, 2:30 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: No. 16 Marquette presents a tough challenge for Georgetown....
Seton Hall faces tough test vs No. 16 Marquette
No. 16 Marquette (23-6, 12-4) vs. Seton Hall (16-12, 7-9)
Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey; Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: No. 16 Marquette presents a tough challenge for...
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Creighton harassed Marquette enough on defense to nullify another high-scoring game from Markus Howard.
Martin Krampelj scored 19 points and Ty-Shon Alexander added 14 as...
No. 10 Marquette looks to extend streak vs Creighton
Creighton (15-13, 6-9) vs. No. 10 Marquette (23-5, 12-3)
Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee; Sunday, 3 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: No. 10 Marquette looks for its seventh straight win in the...
Nova faces tough test vs No. 10 Marquette
No. 10 Marquette (23-4, 12-2) vs. Villanova (20-8, 11-4)
Finneran Pavilion, Villanova, Pennsylvania; Wednesday, 9 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: No. 10 Marquette presents a tough challenge for...
S. Hauser, Anim lead No. 11 Marquette past Providence 76-58
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — With the Big East's leading scorer slowed by an injury, No. 11 Marquette had to look elsewhere.
Fortunately for the Golden Eagles, several of Markus Howard's...
Providence looks to knock off No. 11 Marquette
No. 11 Marquette (22-4, 11-2) vs. Providence (15-12, 5-9)
Dunkin' Donuts Center, Providence, Rhode Island; Saturday, 12 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: No. 11 Marquette looks to give Providence...
Howard and John lead Marquette to 79-69 win over Butler
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Theo John made Butler pay the price for focusing on Markus Howard.
Howard scored 28 points and John added 15 points and matched his career-high with 11 rebounds as No. 11...
Howard scores 36 as No. 10 Marquette beats DePaul 92-73
CHICAGO (AP) — Markus Howard scored almost at will. Sam Hauser and Sacar Anim also made a couple of key plays, and Ed Morrow delivered a solid performance in his hometown.
It was another nice night for No. 10 Marquette up until Hauser was poked in his right eye in the second half of Tuesday's 92-73 victory over DePaul, sidelining the valuable swingman for the rest of the game.
Howard has 38, No. 10 Marquette edges No. 14 Villanova 66-65
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Markus Howard provided the offense and this time around, Marquette's defense put on just enough pressure at the end.
Howard scored 38 points and the 10th-ranked Golden Eagles hung on at the buzzer, edging No. 14 Villanova 66-65 Saturday and handing the Wildcats their first Big East Conference loss.
Marquette (20-4, 9-2) was coming off a one-point loss to St. John's in which it failed to get a final stop.
Howard’s 32 points lead No. 10 Marquette past Butler 76-58
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Markus Howard impressed Butler with his uncanny ability to make contested shots Wednesday night.
The high-scoring junior was more thrilled to see the way his teammates played defense.
While Howard delivered the scoring punch No. 10 Marquette needed in a rare 76-58 victory at Butler, the Golden Eagles scrambled around and shut down the Bulldogs' shooters.
Howard rallies No. 12 Marquette over Xavier 87-72
CINCINNATI (AP) — Trailing by 11 points in the second half, No. 12 Marquette turned to its unstoppable guard to pull another one out and keep its streak going.
Markus Howard scored 19 of his 31 points down the stretch Saturday as the Golden Eagles rallied to beat Xavier 87-82 for their seventh consecutive win.
Howard scores 23 as No. 12 Marquette holds off DePaul 79-69
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Markus Howard found ways to score when Marquette needed it most.
Howard had 13 of his 23 points — including 11 free throws — in the final six minutes and Sam Hauser added 19 as the 12th-ranked Golden Eagles held off DePaul 79-69 on Wednesday night to remain unbeaten at home.
Howard, Hausers, No. 15 Marquette beat Providence 79-68
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Marquette head coach Steve Wojciechowski didn't like the first half. He felt much better about the second.
Sam Hauser scored 25 points, Markus Howard added 24 points and a career-high nine rebounds and No. 15 Marquette rallied past Providence 79-68 on Sunday.
"We were very fortunate to be down only eight points at halftime," Wojciechowski said, adding that he didn't do a good enough job preparing the team.
No. 15 Marquette survives Georgetown despite Howard’s injury
WASHINGTON (AP) — Earlier in the season Marquette coach Steve Wojciechowski claimed that 6-foot-8 junior Sam Hauser didn't really have a position. On Tuesday he got to test his theory out on the road in Big East play.
Howard’s 26 help No. 21 Marquette hold off Seton Hall 70-66
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Markus Howard got his points, and unheralded Theo John did just about everything else Marquette needed.
Howard scored 26 points, John had a double-double that included three crucial free throws down the stretch and the 21st-ranked Golden Eagles staved off a second-half rally to beat Seton Hall 70-66 on Saturday.
Markus Howard scores 53 as No. 21 Marquette tops Creighton
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Already one of the nation's most prolific scorers, Markus Howard outdid himself.
Marquette's junior guard made shots when he was wide open, shots when he had a hand in his face, shots while he was falling away, shots in heavy traffic in the lane.
When he was finished Wednesday night, Howard had scored a Big East-record 53 points, with 14 coming in overtime as the No. 21 Golden Eagles beat Creighton 106-104.
Howard helps No. 16 Marquette past Xavier 70-52
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Sacar Anim made the most of Markus Howard's presence for Marquette.
Anim scored 14 of his 20 points in the first half, and the No. 16 Golden Eagles remained unbeaten at home with a 70-52 victory over Xavier on Sunday.
Anim was 9 for 14 from the field. Howard had 26 points and eight assists, and Joey Hauser added 18 points.
Ponds scores 26 as St. John’s routs No. 16 Marquette 89-69
NEW YORK (AP) — The best player in the building was Shamorie Ponds — by far.
Ponds scored 20 of his 26 points in the first half, dominating a matchup between two of the nation's top guards, and St. John's rebounded impressively from its first loss by routing No. 16 Marquette 89-69 on Tuesday night.
No. 21 Buffalo improves to 12-1 with 87-72 win over Canisius
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo had a week off to brood over its first loss of the season.
"You get home and I feel like Markus Howard ruined our Christmas," Buffalo's CJ Massinburg said in reference to the Marquette guard who scored 45 points in the Golden Eagles' 103-85 win over the Bulls on Dec. 21. "Family members: 'Hey, it's good to see you. How you let him light you up like that?' That's the next thing their saying."
Howard scores 26, No. 18 Marquette cruises past Southern
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Markus Howard is shooting so well right now from the 3-point line that his Marquette teammates can't help but enjoy the show.
Howard is hitting 3s in transition. He's making 1-on-1 moves to free himself for open looks. He's hitting 3s off curls.
The high-scoring junior had 23 of his 26 points in the first half, and the 18th-ranked Golden Eagles overpowered Southern for an 84-41 win on Friday night.
Howard gives No. 20 Marquette boost in win over North Dakota
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The rust from a 10-day layoff showed at times Tuesday night for No. 20 Marquette, especially during a sloppy stretch of nine turnovers in the opening nine minutes.
Markus Howard restored order in a hurry at the arc.
Howard scored 26 points, including 19 over the final 10:22 of the first half to help stabilize the Golden Eagles after a disjointed start in a 92-66 win over North Dakota.
Sam and Joey Hauser give No. 20 Marquette a brotherly boost
MILWAUKEE (AP) — There have been times when guard Markus Howard can't tell Marquette teammates Sam and Joey Hauser apart.
They have similar builds and games, along with a familiarity on the floor that comes with playing a lot of basketball together.
The brotherly bond has given a boost to the 20th-ranked Golden Eagles, who are off to an 8-2 start while weathering nonconference tests.
Marquette beats No. 12 Wisconsin 74-69 in OT; Howard has 27
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Marquette is winning games this season in ways that don't have to do with hitting 3s.
They still have perimeter threats like Markus Howard and Sam Hauser. But a renewed focus on defense has given the Golden Eagles a lift this year.
Howard scored 27 points, Hauser added 13 points and 14 rebounds, and Marquette held No. 12 Wisconsin to 21 percent shooting from 3-point range in a 74-69 win in overtime on Saturday.
Howard scores 21, leads Marquette past UTEP 76-69
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Markus Howard scored 21 points and Marquette jumped out to a big lead early and held off UTEP 76-69 on Tuesday night.
Howard, coming off a homecourt record 45-point effort in Marquette's 83-71 victory over No. 12 Kansas State, hit all seven of his free throws and added five assists.
Howard scores 45, Marquette beats No. 12 K-State 83-71
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Markus Howard kept attacking the bucket and getting to the foul line against one of the best defensive teams in the country to set Marquette records.
Imagine how good he might have been if he hadn't been recovering from food poisoning.
Howard had 45 points, a Marquette record for a regulation game, and went a school-best 19 of 21 from the free-throw line, his aggressive play setting the tone for Marquette in an 83-71 victory over No. 12 Kansas State on Saturday.
Howard, Marquette beat Charleston Southern 76-55
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Markus Howard had 17 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals to help Marquette beat Charleston Southern 76-55 on Tuesday night.
Howard scored 11 points in the first half as Marquette had a 38-28 lead after assisting on 12 of its 16 field goals.
Howard leads Marquette past Louisville in NIT Season Tip-Off
NEW YORK (AP) — Markus Howard had the go-ahead basket in overtime to cap a 21-point night and lead Marquette past Louisville 77-74 in the third-place game of the NIT Season Tip-Off on Friday night.
The Golden Eagles (4-2) were once again led by Sam Hauser, who followed up his strong semifinal performance with 22 points. His brother Joey hit the two free throws to put Marquette up by three with 18 seconds left in OT.
The Latest: No. 2 Kansas rallies past Marquette 77-68
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on The NIT Season Tip-Off (all times local):
Dedric Lawson had a double-double with 26 points and 12 rebounds to lead No. 2 Kansas to a 77-68 win over Marquette in the second semifinal of the NIT Season Tip-Off on Wednesday night.
Marquette (3-1) led by as many as 12 in the first half before taking a 47-38 lead into the break. Then came the Jayhawks 22-0 run.
Marksman Markus Howard helps No. 24 Marquette return to poll
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Markus Howard is quite the big shot at No. 24 Marquette.
He can rebound. He can find open teammates. He can draw extra attention from defenses simply by just being on the floor.
And when he gets going at the 3-point line, the Golden Eagles can be tough to beat.
The junior sharpshooter is a big reason why Marquette returned to the Top 25 this week. It is the school's first appearance in the poll since 2013, and the first time in Steve Wojciechowski's five-year tenure as head coach.
Howard’s eruption leads Marquette past Bethune-Cookman
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Markus Howard scored 37 points and Marquette beat Bethune-Cookman 92-59 on Saturday.
Howard posted the highest scoring total for a Marquette (2-0) player in a home game in 12 years, and tied the second-highest mark of his career on 10-of-16 shooting from the floor and 10 of 11 from the free throw line.
Marquette opens new home, beats NCAA darling UMBC 67-42
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Marquette opened a new season in a new downtown home with a fresh approach to winning.
Defense came first in a 67-42 victory on Tuesday night over UMBC.
Sam Hauser and Markus Howard each scored 15 points, and the Golden Eagles held the NCAA Tournament darling Retrievers to 22.6 percent shooting in their debut at the Fiserv Forum.
"The story of our game was our defense. We haven't won a ton of games in the past on the defensive end," coach Steve Wojciechowski said.
Rowsey leaves with records, Marquette hopeful for future
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Marquette is losing its single-season scoring leader but heading into the offseason with hope for the future.
Andrew Rowsey is the only senior on a roster that otherwise had to rely heavily on freshmen and sophomores. A year after making the NCAA Tournament, the Golden Eagles had to settle for a 21-win season that culminated with a trip to the NIT quarterfinals.
Marquette scores season-high 101, beats Oregon in NIT
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Andrew Rowsey scored 29 points and dished out nine assists and Marquette had its highest-scoring output of the season in a 101-92 victory over Oregon on Sunday to advance to the quarterfinals of the NIT.
Howard, Marquette hold for 67-60 win over Harvard in NIT
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Markus Howard scored 22 points, and Marquette held on to beat Harvard 67-60 on Wednesday night in the first round of the NIT despite three turnovers in the final minute.
The Golden Eagles held a seemingly comfortable nine-point lead with 1:20 left when the Crimson's pressure defense created three steals.
But Harvard managed just two points off the mistakes after Justin Bassey missed two foul shots and threw the ball away after the final steal with 21 seconds left.
Markus Howard has 30 as slumping Marquette beats Seton Hall
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Marquette is back in the chase for an NCAA Tournament berth.
Markus Howard scored 32 points and Marquette breathed a little life into its postseason hopes by snapping a four-game losing streak with an 88-85 victory over Seton Hall on Wednesday night.
Cartwright’s steal helps Providence edge Marquette 77-75
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Kyron Cartwright totaled 15 points and eight rebounds and his steal with three seconds left in the game helped Providence outlast Marquette 77-75 on Saturday.
Wideman scores 23, Butler sweeps Marquette 92-72 in Big East
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Tyler Wideman scored a career-high 23 points with nine rebounds, Kalan Martin scored 16 points, Kamar Baldwin 15 and Butler rode some hot shooting to a 92-72 defeat of Marquette Wednesday night and push its win streak to three games.
Howard brothers share sweet 3-point shots, brotherly bond
MILWAUKEE (AP) — One of the first congratulatory text messages that Central Arkansas guard Jordan Howard received after scoring a career-high 41 points came from his little brother.
Marquette's Markus Howard can fill up the net, too.
Howard ignites Marquette’s rally past Providence 95-90, OT
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Markus Howard drilled 11 3-pointers, scored 52 points — a Big East and school record — as Marquette stormed past Providence 95-90 in overtime Wednesday night.