Marquette had one final game on the schedule before heading into Big East play. They were a 31-point favorite against the 1-11 Southern Jaguars. Marquette covered the spread early, taking a 47-15 lead with 3:39 left in the first half. The starters would not play much of the second half as Marquette would finish off the blow out 84-41.
Markus Howard couldn’t miss yet again. Coming off 40 points in the second half against Buffalo, Howard scored 23 of his 26 in the first half. He finished 6-6 from three in 16 minutes. Sam Hauser added 10 points and nine boards in 16 minutes.
Howard’s threes and John’s dunks provided plenty of highlights throughout the game, but the highlight of the night was senior walk on guard Cam Marotta hitting a three with nine seconds left in the game.
The Jaguars, who shot 26% from the field and 12.5% from three, were led by senior forward Sidney Umude, who came off the bench for 10 points.
Marquette completes non-conference play with an 11-2 record. After seven straight games at home, the Golden Eagles head to New York to open Big East play at St. John’s.