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Marquette takes care of business against Charleston Southern

The Golden Eagles begin their seven-game homestand on a positive note

NCAA Basketball: Fresno State at Marquette Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports

The Marquette Golden Eagles made their return to Fiserv Forum Tuesday night following a split in the NIT Tip-Off last week in Brooklyn.

Marquette left little doubt about the result Tuesday night, knocking off the Charleston Southern Buccaneers, 76-57.

The Golden Eagles looked a bit shaky on offense early on, but once they got it together, it was full steam ahead.

Unsurprisingly, Markus Howard led the way for Marquette with 17 points. Howard went 5-14 from three-point range, as he continued to struggle from deep, but he also had a team-high seven rebounds. You take the good with the bad.

Brendan Bailey had a career-high 10 points in the victory, and Ed Morrow set his new Marquette high with 10, as well.

The big story is the continued success of Marquette’s defense. The Golden Eagles held the Buccaneers to just 39% from the field, and Joseph Chartouny had seven steals, the most by a Marquette player since 2009.

Marquette returns to action Saturday when they welcome the Kansas State Wildcats to Fiserv Forum.