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Marquette shakes off finals week rust to school North Dakota

The Golden Eagles improved to 9-2 on the season.

After a 10-day break, Marquette blew out North Dakota 92-66 to remain undefeated (8-0) at home.

Marquette looked sloppy to start, turning the ball over nine times in the first eleven minutes. Markus Howard was held scoreless the first nine minutes of the game as Marquette only led 17-14. Howard would go on to score 19 in the rest of the half as Marquette would jump out to a 49-27 lead. Steve Wojciechowski would ride Sam Hauser and Ed Morrow in the second half to finish off the Fighting Hawks.

While Marquette was able to find their shooting touch, shooting 11-20 from 3, they still wasted too many possessions. Averaging 14.4 turnovers per game, the Golden Eagles turned the ball over an alarming 22 times Tuesday night.

Howard would finish with 26 points shooting 9-13 from the field and 4-6 from 3. Sam Hauser lit up for 21 points (7-11, 5-8 from 3). Morrow came off the bench for a Marquette career high 18 points as well as eight rebounds.

Senior guard Cortez Seales led the way for North Dakota with 14 points and seven rebounds. Sophomore forward Filip Rebraca chipped in 12 points. The Fighting Hawks will face Northern Iowa on Saturday before starting Summit League play.

Marquette puts their undefeated home record on the line against #14 Buffalo on Friday. The Bulls remained undefeated on the road at Syracuse 71-59.