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Marquette beats No. 12 Wisconsin 74-69 in OT; Howard has 27

MILWAUKEE (AP) Marquette is winning games this season in ways that don't have to do with hitting 3s.

They still have perimeter threats like Markus Howard and Sam Hauser. But a renewed focus on defense has given the Golden Eagles a lift this year.

Howard scored 27 points, Hauser added 13 points and 14 rebounds, and Marquette held No. 12 Wisconsin to 21 percent shooting from 3-point range in a 74-69 win in overtime on Saturday.

Freshman Joey Hauser, Sam's little brother, added 15 points and hit big, late-game shots in his debut in the heated in-state rivalry.

''To be able to win games that aren't necessarily offensively very artistic, I think that's important too,'' coach Steve Wojciechowski said.

This is quite the change from a year ago, when the Golden Eagles relied on outgunning opponents from beyond the 3-point arc to win games. This year, Marquette (8-2) has been at its best when playing solid defense, especially at home.

Ethan Happ had 34 points on 16-of-21 shooting, along with 11 rebounds for the Badgers. But there were just 10 of 21 (48 percent) and 5 of 24 from the 3-point arc (21 percent).

''We knew if we took away the 3s that we were going to have a good chance to win the game,'' Sam Hauser said.

Tighter defense and a decided edge at the foul line boosted Marquette at the end.

The Golden Eagles were 22 of 34 from the charity stripe, with Howard going 12 of 15. Howard and Sacar Anim each missed twice at the line in the final 30 seconds to give Wisconsin (8-2) extra chances.

But Happ was called for an over-the-back foul at the other end with 9.2 seconds left. Ed Morrow's two free throws gave Marquette a six-point lead to finally ice the game.

It made for a thrilling finish in the rivalry's first game at Fiserv Forum, Marquette's new downtown home.

''Effort was there, but I think we've got to continue to improve at some of the intangibles and some of the things that are controllable,'' Wisconsin coach Greg Gard said.

Marquette beat a team ranked 12th in the AP Top 25 for the second straight week, having defeated Kansas State the previous week.

BIG PICTURE

Wisconsin: The Badgers couldn't balance Happ's inside presence with outside shooting, which had been a strength this season. They were 1 of 12 from behind the arc after halftime. D'Mitrik Trice, who finished with 10 points, was just 1 of 6 from 3-point range.

''Trice is a huge key,'' Wojciechowski said. ''Happ has been consistently terrific. When they're down, the guy who usually saves them on the perimeter is Trice.''

Marquette: The Badgers broke through Marquette's defensive wall early in the game, but had trouble getting off good shots late. The presence of 6-foot-9 Theo John late, after he was mired by foul trouble, helped in the lane against Happ, a preseason All-American. Morrow, a post player who transferred from Nebraska, also converted an offensive rebound with 2:07 left for a 69-65 lead.

FOULED UP

Wisconsin, which was shooting 70 percent from the foul line this season, was off-target all afternoon, including just 9 of 21 on free throws after halftime. Brad Davison, a 90-percent free-throw shooter, was 0 for 3.

''We did too many things ... that shot ourselves in the foot,'' Happ said. ''We're not happy about that.''

LITTLE JOEY

The younger Hauser, a highly-touted recruit, scored four in the opening two minutes of overtime, including both free throws after Davison was called for a flagrant foul with 3:35 left. He also went 3 of 5 from 3-point range and played 33 minutes.

''Sam is about winning. He's about winning. He's about winning,'' Wojciechowski said, referring to Hauser. ''His younger brother is really starting to find his footing.''

QUOTABLE

''Honestly, I look at this as a learning opportunity, a chance to get better'' - Trice.

UP NEXT

Wisconsin: Hosts Savannah State on Thursday.

Marquette: Hosts North Dakota on Dec. 18.

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Key Players
E. Happ
22 F
M. Howard
0 G
35.1 Min. Per Game 35.1
22.4 Pts. Per Game 22.4
4.8 Ast. Per Game 4.8
4.6 Reb. Per Game 4.6
58.5 Field Goal % 39.8
0.0 Three Point % 34.1
43.8 Free Throw % 88.7
  Defensive rebound by Ethan Happ 1.0
  Markus Howard missed 2nd of 2 free throws 1.0
+ 1 Markus Howard made 1st of 2 free throws 1.0
  Personal foul on Ethan Happ 1.0
+ 2 Ethan Happ made driving layup 5.0
+ 1 Ed Morrow made 2nd of 2 free throws 9.0
+ 1 Ed Morrow made 1st of 2 free throws 9.0
  Personal foul on Ethan Happ 9.0
  Defensive rebound by Marquette 9.0
  Brevin Pritzl missed 3-pt. jump shot 11.0
  Defensive rebound by Khalil Iverson 18.0
Team Stats
Points 69 74
Field Goals 27-54 (50.0%) 23-65 (35.4%)
3-Pointers 5-24 (20.8%) 6-18 (33.3%)
Free Throws 10-21 (47.6%) 22-34 (64.7%)
Total Rebounds 36 41
Offensive 2 12
Defensive 32 26
Team 2 3
Assists 15 11
Steals 4 5
Blocks 2 4
Turnovers 12 8
Fouls 21 18
Technicals 1 0
34 PTS, 11 REB, 4 AST
27 PTS, 2 REB, 4 AST
12OTT
away team logo 12 Wisconsin 8-2 3328869
home team logo Marquette 8-2 32291374
Team Stats
away team logo 12 Wisconsin 8-2 73.3 PPG 36.3 RPG 13.1 APG
home team logo Marquette 8-2 76.0 PPG 42.8 RPG 14.8 APG
Key Players
22
E. Happ F 19.3 PPG 10.8 RPG 4.9 APG 58.6 FG%
0
M. Howard G 22.9 PPG 4.3 RPG 4.7 APG 39.8 FG%
Top Scorers
E. Happ F 34 PTS 11 REB 4 AST
M. Howard G 27 PTS 2 REB 4 AST
50.0 FG% 35.4
20.8 3PT FG% 33.3
47.6 FT% 64.7
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
E. Happ 41 34 11 4 3 1 2 4 16/21 0/0 2/5 2 9
N. Reuvers 29 11 4 2 1 1 1 3 4/10 2/7 1/2 0 4
D. Trice 41 10 7 5 0 0 2 3 3/8 1/6 3/5 0 7
K. Iverson 23 4 7 1 0 0 4 2 0/0 0/0 4/6 0 7
B. Davison 33 0 3 3 0 0 1 4 0/3 0/3 0/3 0 3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
E. Happ 41 34 11 4 3 1 2 4 16/21 0/0 2/5 2 9
N. Reuvers 29 11 4 2 1 1 1 3 4/10 2/7 1/2 0 4
D. Trice 41 10 7 5 0 0 2 3 3/8 1/6 3/5 0 7
K. Iverson 23 4 7 1 0 0 4 2 0/0 0/0 4/6 0 7
B. Davison 33 0 3 3 0 0 1 4 0/3 0/3 0/3 0 3
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
A. Ford 18 8 1 0 0 0 0 1 3/6 2/5 0/0 0 1
K. King 9 2 0 0 0 0 1 3 1/3 0/1 0/0 0 0
B. Pritzl 26 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0/3 0/2 0/0 0 1
C. Thomas IV 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
T. Strickland 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
M. Ballard - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Anderson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
O. Hamilton - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. McGrory - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Currie - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Higginbottom - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Hedstrom - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 225 69 34 15 4 2 12 21 27/54 5/24 10/21 2 32
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
M. Howard 41 27 2 4 1 0 3 1 7/29 1/7 12/15 1 1
J. Hauser 33 15 1 0 1 0 1 4 5/8 3/5 2/2 0 1
S. Hauser 41 13 14 4 1 0 0 2 5/11 2/3 1/2 2 12
S. Anim 36 7 1 0 0 0 2 2 2/6 0/2 3/6 0 1
T. John 19 6 5 0 1 2 0 4 3/5 0/0 0/1 3 2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
M. Howard 41 27 2 4 1 0 3 1 7/29 1/7 12/15 1 1
J. Hauser 33 15 1 0 1 0 1 4 5/8 3/5 2/2 0 1
S. Hauser 41 13 14 4 1 0 0 2 5/11 2/3 1/2 2 12
S. Anim 36 7 1 0 0 0 2 2 2/6 0/2 3/6 0 1
T. John 19 6 5 0 1 2 0 4 3/5 0/0 0/1 3 2
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
E. Morrow 17 5 7 0 0 1 2 4 1/2 0/0 3/4 3 4
B. Bailey 10 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0/1 0/1 1/2 1 0
J. Chartouny 17 0 4 3 0 0 0 0 0/3 0/0 0/2 0 4
M. Heldt 9 0 3 0 1 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 2 1
J. Cain 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
C. Marotta - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. McEwen - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Eke - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Elliott - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Lelito - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Jaffee - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Gardiner - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 225 74 38 11 5 4 8 18 23/65 6/18 22/34 12 26