For the first 20 minutes Wednesday evening in Milwaukee, Marquette fans had to be thinking “here we go again”.
Just two days after needing overtime to take down the Eastern Illinois Panthers, Marquette was letting the Chicago State Cougars hit shots and stay in the game throughout the first half. The Golden Eagles led by just eight at the break, 48-40.
The second half was much, much different. Led by Markus Howard’s ELEVEN THREE POINTERS, Marquette picked up a 95-69 victory. They also hit a school record 18 three pointers.
It was absolutely amazing to watch the entire performance, but Howard’s stands out above all. Coming into the evening, Howard was shooting just 15-49 (.306) on the year. His 11-15 tonight boosted his season numbers up to 26-64 (.406)
Andrew Rowsey also had a phenomenal game. He scored 26 points on 10-17 shooting, including six threes of his own. Howard will get the headlines, but Rowsey’s 17 first half points were vital.
Freshman Greg Elliott’s career-high nine assists were also a major positive from this game, especially when you consider he had just one turnover. Certainly a step in the right direction.
Chicago State was led by Fred Sims’ 20 points.
Marquette (5-2) hosts Georgia on Saturday afternoon.