Behind 34 points from Markus Howard, Marquette celebrated a 91-81 victory over Vermont on Tuesday night.
Howard was electric again in Milwaukee, earning his second 30-point effort in his last three games. The showing comes a week or so after his 33-point night against the Chicago State Cougars. Howard went 6-11 from the 3-point line and 11-20 overall, and did not miss a single of his six free throw attempts. The super sophomore also added six boards, two assists and a steal, and only committed one turnover in 28 minutes.
Sam Hauser broke out of his two-game slump with 17 points on 7-10 shooting. Hauser went 3-5 from 3-point land, getting back in a groove of sort, as he’d scored just 10 combined points against Chicago State and the Georgia Bulldogs. Andrew Rowsey complemented their efforts with 13 points on 4-9 from the field and pulled off a double-double, dishing out 10 assists.
Last year’s America East Rookie of the Year Anthony Lamb scored just 10 points in the loss for the Catamounts. It was Stef Smith who led the way for UVM, dropping a team-high 20 points on 7-8 from the field. He didn’t miss a single of his six 3-point attempts, as he brought his best with him to Milwaukee. Ernie Duncan also got into double figures, scoring 10, while Payton Henson had 11.
- Sam Hauser breaking out of his slump was big for Marquette.
- Marquette’s defense... still a work-in-progress.
- Markus Howard: Very, very good.
- Andrew Rowsey, assist-man, will pay dividends with the loss of Haanif Cheatham.
- Vermont is a tournament team, and this will be a good win for Marquette down the line