Marquette ends 4-game slide

The Marquette Golden Eagles ended their four-game losing streak, knocking off Seton Hall 88-85 in New Jersey on Wednesday night.

The Golden Eagles (14-10, 5-7 Big East) swept the season series from the Pirates (17-7, 6-5).

Markus Howard led the way with 32 points.  Forward Sam Hauser scored 16 points and 10 rebounds as five Golden Eagles scored in double figures.

Marquette held Seton Hall center Angel Delgado to 11 points and seven rebounds.

Marquette plays at St. John’s on Saturday.  The Red Storm won its first Big East game of the season on Wednesday night, upsetting number-one Villanova 79-75.  St. John’s (1-11 Big East) also knocked off Duke last Saturday.


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 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’s Howard named Big East Player of the Week


Markus Howard (file photo) – Courtesy of Marquette Athletics

Marquette sophomore guard Markus Howard has been named the Big East Player of the Week on Monday.

Howard averaged 28.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in a pair of wins for the Golden Eagles.

Howard scored 23 points and grabbed seven rebounds in a 82-63 win against the Wisconsin Badgers in Madison on Saturday.  Earlier in the week, Howard poured in 34 points in a 91-81 win against Vermont.

For the two games, the 5’11 guard shot 52.6-percent from the field and was 10-of-20 from 3-point range.  Howard leads the Big East in scoring at 22.5 points a game.

Off the court last week, Howard was named one of two student-athletes nationally to participate in the NCAA D-1 Men’s Basketball Oversight Committee.





Hot shooting leads Marquette past Vermont

Markus Howard – Photo Courtesy of Marquette Athletics.

The Marquette Golden Eagles bounced back from their Saturday loss to Georgia by knocking off Vermont 91-81 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center on Tuesday night.

Markus Howard led the Golden Eagles (6-3) with 34 points and sophomore forward Sam Hauser added 17 as Marquette hit 55% from the field.

Howard was in foul trouble in the first half, which led to his sitting the final 9:24 of the first half.  But the Golden Eagles sharp shooting guard scored 21 of his 34 points in the second half.  He hit 11 of 20 from the field, including 6 of 11 from three-point range.  It was the second straight game that Howard was in foul trouble after picking up two fouls in the first 44 seconds against Georgia on Saturday.

Stef Smith had 20 points to lead the Catamounts (6-3).  He hit 6 of 6 from three-point range.

Marquette will take the short drive to Madison on Saturday to face the Badgers at the Kohl Center.



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.