Markus Howard – File Photo (Courtesy of Marquette Athletics)

Markus Howard poured in 40 points to lead the Marquette Golden Eagles to a 73-63 win over Davidson in the opening round of the Orlando Invitational on Thursday night.

It was Howard’s fifth career game of 40 or more points.

The Golden Eagles (4-1) were clinging to a 60-59 lead with 2 1/2 minutes to play.  That’s when Howard made a layup and free throw to complete a three-point play before adding a three-pointer to key a game-ending Marquette surge.

Davidson went 0 for 15 from three-point range, ending a streak of making at least one long-range shot in 809 consecutive games.  The last time the Wildcats didn’t make a three was Jan. 15, 1994.

Kellan Grady had 28 to lead Davidson (2-4).

Marquette converted 6 of 17 from beyond the arc.  Sacar Anim added 12 points for the Golden Eagles.

Marquette faces USC in Friday’s semifinals.


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