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Howard scores 45, lifts No. 20 Marquette past No. 14 Buffalo

MILWAUKEE (AP) After a sluggish first half, Markus Howard shot No. 14 Buffalo out of the unbeaten ranks.

Howard scored 40 of his 45 points in the second half as No. 20 Marquette pulled away to hand the Bulls their first loss of the season, 103-85 on Friday night.

''Just with how the first half went, it was a little frustrating for me,'' said Howard, who matched his season high. ''Great credit to Buffalo and the two perimeter guards. They really made things difficult for me and I really had to work. I had to make adjustments and my teammates really did a great job of keeping me in the game.''

Sam Hauser added 18 points for the Golden Eagles (10-2), who hit seven 3-pointers during a second-half surge that turned a 52-49 deficit into an 85-68 lead.

Howard missed his first six shots and was just 1 of 7 with one 3-pointer in the first half. He finished 12 of 25 from the field, including 9 of 13 from beyond the arc, and 12 of 12 of from the line as Marquette improved to 9-0 at home.

''We knew Markus in the second half was going to play better,'' Marquette coach Steve Wojciechowski said. ''Although at the start of the second half, he was still was not necessarily in the flow of things. We had a little talk and I knew he was going to play better. I didn't know it was going to be to the tune of 45 points. That was just a spectacular performance.''

Jeremy Harris had 22 points, Dontay Caruthers scored 20 and CJ Massinburg added 18 for the Bulls (11-1), whose season-opening run was their best since 1930-31.

''We've a great run here in the beginning of the season,'' Buffalo coach Nate Oats said. ''We didn't look like the 14th-ranked team in the country today, but we played a tough team, and Markus Howard went nuts.''

Marquette, which trailed by as many as 10 in the first half, used a 16-3 run to open a 65-55 lead with 12:16 remaining. Hauser and Howard capped the run with back-to-back 3-pointers.

The Bulls pulled within 67-65 on a free throw by Nick Perkins, but the Golden Eagles ran the lead to 79-65 when Howard was fouled on a 3-pointer and added the free throw.

That triggered a run of 24 straight points by Howard as Marquette pushed the lead to 99-79.

''It was an absolutely incredible performance,'' Wojciechowski said. ''I've been really fortunate to see some incredible performances. His second half was as good, I think, as I've seen in a half. He's obviously capable of doing that and he was sensational - against a really good defensive team.''

The Bulls, coming off their first victory over Syracuse in 55 years, were hot early, opening a 19-10 lead on the strength of four 3-pointers.

Jayvon Graves' dunk put Buffalo up 27-23, but Joey Hauser, a 6-foot-9 freshman forward and Sam Hauser's younger brother, hit three consecutive 3-pointers - all of his first-half points - to give the Golden Eagles their first lead at 32-27.

Howard hit a pair of free throws with four seconds left to put Marquette up 39-38 at the break.

Buffalo hit 6 of its first 11 shots but went just 7 of 23 for the remainder of the half.

Marquette out-rebounded the Bulls 27-16 in the first half, including 16 offensive rebounds, en route to a 13-0 advantage in second-chance points.

BIG PICTURE

Buffalo: The Bulls close out their nonconference schedule at Canisius, and then open Mid-American Conference play on Jan. 4 at Eastern Michigan.

Marquette: The Golden Eagles have one more nonconference game before opening Big East play at St. John's on Jan. 1.

RED-HOT HOWARD

Howard, who entered averaging a team-best 23.2 points per game, also scored 45 in an 83-71 victory over Kansas State on Dec. 1. His career high is 52, set last season against Providence. His 40 points in the second half was a career best. It was the 10th time in his career he has scored at least 30.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Despite road victories over West Virginia and Syracuse, Buffalo is likely to drop several spots in the AP Top 25. Marquette, with earlier home victories over Kansas State and Wisconsin when each was ranked 12th, should climb.

UP NEXT

Buffalo is at Canisius on Dec. 29, the third of four consecutive road games.

Marquette hosts Southern on Dec. 28.

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Key Players
C. Massinburg
5 G
M. Howard
0 G
34.8 Min. Per Game 34.8
23.2 Pts. Per Game 23.2
4.5 Ast. Per Game 4.5
4.2 Reb. Per Game 4.2
47.4 Field Goal % 42.6
44.0 Three Point % 40.2
81.0 Free Throw % 90.8
+ 3 Jayvon Graves made 3-pt. jump shot 23.0
+ 2 Jamal Cain made jump shot, assist by Joseph Chartouny 32.0
+ 2 Brock Bertram made dunk 58.0
  Offensive rebound by Brock Bertram 59.0
  Jeenathan Williams missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:01
+ 2 Joseph Chartouny made driving layup 1:12
  Defensive rebound by Jamal Cain 1:33
  Dontay Caruthers missed 2nd of 2 free throws 1:33
+ 1 Dontay Caruthers made 1st of 2 free throws 1:34
  Shooting foul on Joey Hauser 1:34
+ 3 Markus Howard made 3-pt. jump shot 1:45
Team Stats
Points 85 103
Field Goals 29-71 (40.8%) 33-67 (49.3%)
3-Pointers 12-31 (38.7%) 18-29 (62.1%)
Free Throws 15-25 (60.0%) 19-22 (86.4%)
Total Rebounds 34 48
Offensive 11 11
Defensive 21 32
Team 2 5
Assists 13 16
Steals 9 1
Blocks 5 10
Turnovers 8 12
Fouls 19 19
Technicals 0 1
22 PTS, 7 REB, 3 AST
45 PTS, 5 REB, 4 AST
12T
away team logo 14 Buffalo 11-1 384785
home team logo 20 Marquette 10-2 3964103
Team Stats
away team logo 14 Buffalo 11-1 84.4 PPG 43.8 RPG 16.6 APG
home team logo 20 Marquette 10-2 77.3 PPG 41 RPG 13.4 APG
Key Players
2
J. Harris G 14.0 PPG 6.2 RPG 3.0 APG 41.7 FG%
0
M. Howard G 25.0 PPG 4.0 RPG 3.9 APG 42.0 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Harris G 22 PTS 7 REB 3 AST
M. Howard G 45 PTS 5 REB 4 AST
40.8 FG% 49.3
38.7 3PT FG% 62.1
60.0 FT% 86.4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Harris 22 7 3 8/15 4/7 2/2 1 37 0 0 2 2 5
C. Massinburg 18 4 1 5/14 5/11 3/5 2 33 4 0 1 1 3
D. Jordan 8 8 7 4/10 0/1 0/0 4 34 1 1 2 1 7
J. Graves 8 2 0 3/6 1/3 1/3 1 18 3 1 2 0 2
M. McRae 0 0 0 0/3 0/2 0/0 3 5 0 0 0 0 0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Harris 22 7 3 8/15 4/7 2/2 1 37 0 0 2 2 5
C. Massinburg 18 4 1 5/14 5/11 3/5 2 33 4 0 1 1 3
D. Jordan 8 8 7 4/10 0/1 0/0 4 34 1 1 2 1 7
J. Graves 8 2 0 3/6 1/3 1/3 1 18 3 1 2 0 2
M. McRae 0 0 0 0/3 0/2 0/0 3 5 0 0 0 0 0
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Caruthers 20 3 1 7/11 1/1 5/7 4 29 1 1 0 3 0
N. Perkins 7 7 1 1/9 1/5 4/8 3 32 0 2 1 3 4
B. Bertram 2 1 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0
J. Williams 0 0 0 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
T. Fagan 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
R. Segu 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 4 0 0 0 0 0
A. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Grant - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Moultrie - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Bivens - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Davis - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Moore - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 85 32 13 29/71 12/31 15/25 19 200 9 5 8 11 21
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Howard 45 5 4 12/25 9/13 12/12 3 30 0 0 6 2 3
S. Hauser 18 5 2 7/12 4/7 0/0 3 31 0 1 1 0 5
J. Hauser 11 9 1 3/4 3/3 2/2 5 33 0 0 1 1 8
T. John 6 9 3 2/3 0/0 2/3 3 28 0 7 1 3 6
S. Anim 2 4 2 1/10 0/1 0/0 1 27 1 0 1 2 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Howard 45 5 4 12/25 9/13 12/12 3 30 0 0 6 2 3
S. Hauser 18 5 2 7/12 4/7 0/0 3 31 0 1 1 0 5
J. Hauser 11 9 1 3/4 3/3 2/2 5 33 0 0 1 1 8
T. John 6 9 3 2/3 0/0 2/3 3 28 0 7 1 3 6
S. Anim 2 4 2 1/10 0/1 0/0 1 27 1 0 1 2 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Chartouny 11 1 2 3/6 2/4 3/5 1 17 0 0 1 0 1
J. Cain 6 5 0 3/3 0/0 0/0 3 18 0 2 1 0 5
E. Morrow 4 5 2 2/3 0/0 0/0 0 12 0 0 0 3 2
B. Bailey 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
M. Heldt - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Marotta - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. McEwen - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Eke - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Elliott - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Lelito - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Jaffee - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Gardiner - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 103 43 16 33/67 18/29 19/22 19 200 1 10 12 11 32