Marquette suffers bad home loss to Butler

Markus Howard – Photo Courtesy of Marquette Athletics.

The boos came early and often on Wednesday night as the Marquette Golden Eagles trailed by as many as 30 points on their own home court before finally falling to the Butler Bulldogs 92-72 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

The only thing that slowed the booing was many fans heading for the exits midway through the second half.

The loss for Marquette (13-9, 4-6 Big East), means they have little margin for error in terms of securing a second straight NCAA Tournament bid.

Butler (16-7, 6-4) captured the season series from the Golden Eagles, holding Marquette to 5 of 18 from beyond the arc.

Markus Howard found his shooting stroke again, finishing with 26 points, but fellow sharp shooting guard went scoreless, missing all six of his shots.  Sophomore guard Sacar Anim added a career high 15 points.

Marquette is back home on Saturday when the Golden Eagles will face Providence.

Marquette struggles in loss at Xavier

Markus Howard (file photo) – Courtesy of Marquette Athletics

The Marquette Golden Eagles had 9-days off between games.  But the well rested Golden Eagles struggled defensively and fell to No. 8 Xavier 89-70 on Wednesday night in Cincinnati.

Sophomore guard Markus Howard scored 33 points on 14-of-27 shooting, but no other Marquette player was able to hit double figures.  Senior guard Andrew Rowsey entered the game averaging 21 points a game but scored just six on 2-of-9 shooting.  Sophomore forward Sam Hauser suffered a hip injury late in the first half and played just three minutes in the second, finishing with five points.

The Musketeers (19-3, 7-2 Big East) shot 55.6% from the field and had five players score in double figures.  Xavier scored 51 points in the first half when they made 57.6% of their shots.

Meanwhile, Howard scored 24 of the teams 33 points in the first half, hitting 11 of 18 from the field for Marquette (13-7, 4-4).  But Howard had a streak of 66 straight made free throws dating back to last season, come to an end.  Steve Novak holds the program record at 68.

Now the Golden Eagles have to regroup for a matchup against top-ranked Villanova on Sunday at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.


Marquette cruises past DePaul

Sam Hauser (File Photo) / Courtesy of Marquette Athletics.

With a matchup against 11th ranked Xavier on the Horizon, the Marquette Golden Eagles avoided the trap game, rolling to a 70-52 win over the DePaul Blue Demons on Monday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

Andrew Rowsey reached the 2,000-point mark in his NCAA career and Sam Hauser led the Golden Eagles with 19 points.

Rowsey finished with 11 points for Marquette (13-6, 4-3 Big East), as did Theo John, which was a career high for the freshman from Minneapolis.

Rowsey tallied 1,244 points in two seasons at UNC Asheville and is one of less than 600 players to reach the mark in NCAA history.  Rowsey has scored just under 800 points in his season and a half with Marquette.  No player in Marquette history has reached 2,000 points.

Brandon Cyrus led DePaul (8-10, 1-5) with 15 points.

The Golden Eagles take a week off and face a road game at Xavier on Jan. 24.


Marquette knocks off 13th ranked Seton Hall

Andrew Rowsey – File Photo Courtesy of Marquette Athletics

Senior guard Andrew Rowsey poured in 31 points to lead the Marquette Golden Eagles to a 84-64 win over 13th ranked Seton Hall on Tuesday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

After struggling from the field on Marquette’s recent road trip, Rowsey returned home and scored the Golden Eagles first 11 points and finished the first half with 14 points.

Marquette center Matt Heldt held Seton Hall center Angel Delgado in check.  Delgado struggled to get on track on the first half and finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds for the game.  Heldt countered with nine points and seven rebounds.

Rowsey scored Marquette’s first seven points in the second half and he’s gone six games without missing a free throw (33 straight).

Sam Hauser added 14 points and reigning Big East Player of the Week, Markus Howard added 12.

Marquette improved to 12-5 overall and 3-2 in Big East play.

Marquette falls short in Big East opener


Andrew Rowsey – File Photo Courtesy of Marquette Athletics

Marquette (9-4) lost a thriller to Xavier 91-87 in their Big East Conference opener at the BMO Harris Bradley Center on Wednesday night.

Senior guard Andrew Rowsey scored 31 points on 11-of-24 shooting.  He hit 6 of 17 three-pointers.  Marquette freshman Jamal Cain scored a career high 16 points.  But Sophomore guard Markus Howard finished with just 13 points, hitting just 6-of-19 from the field and 1-of-8 from beyond the arc.

Senior guard Trevon Bluiett had 23 points to lead Xavier (13-1).

Xavier was able to hold off the Golden Eagles by making free throws.  They finished 22 of 24 from the charity stripe for the game.

Marquette gets by Northern Illinois

After a nine-day layoff, the Marquette Golden Eagles were a bit rusty.  They eventually got on track to pull away for a 79-70 win over Northern Illinois on Monday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

The Golden Eagles (8-3) got 26 points from sophomore guard Markus Howard and 21 from sophomore forward Sam Hauser.  Howard hit 7 of 19 from the field and just 3 of 12 from beyond the arc.

Andrew Rowsey left the game after suffering a leg injury on a drive into the lane.  After going to the locker room, Rowsey returned to the bench but didn’t return to the game.

The two teams combined for 47 fouls and 53 free-throw attempts in the contest.

Marquette wraps up 3rd place at Maui Invitational

Andrew Rowsey poured in 30 points and Sam Hauser added 20 to lead five players in double figures as Marquette knocked off LSU 94-84 in the consolation game of the Maui Invitational.

Matt Heldt and Sacar Anim added 12 points each and Markus Howard finished with 10 points as Marquette improved to 3-2 with the win.

Hauser, after getting into early foul trouble in the loss to Wichita State a day earlier, started hot on Wednesday.  Hauser had 14 of Marquette’s first 16 points, making his first five three pointers.  Hauser had 18 of his 20 points in the first half.

Andrew Rowsey scored 24 of his 30 points in the second half and hit all 16 of his free throw attempts in the game.

Marquette returns to action on Monday night against Eastern Illinois at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.


Marquette falls to Wichita State in Maui Invitational

Markus Howard (file photo) – Courtesy of Marquette Athletics

Foul trouble and poor shooting did in the Marquette Golden Eagles on Tuesday night as they fell to Wichita State 80-66 in the Maui Invitational.

Marquette (2-2) hit just 10 of its 33 shots in the second half as Andrew Rowsey and Markus Howard combined for 26 of the teams 30 points in the second half.

Sam Hauser played just three minutes in the first half after landing three quick fouls.  He played 19 minutes in the second half but missed all four shots he took.  Hauser finished with three points from his short stint in the first half.

Rowsey finished with 26 points, Howard had 25 and the rest of the team managed to score 15 points.

After trailing 41-36 at halftime, Marquette bounced back to tie the game at 45.  But the Shockers went on a 13-3 run and were never tied or behind again.

Marquette has one game left in Maui.  They’ll face LSU tonight.