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Howard scores 26, No. 18 Marquette cruises past Southern

MILWAUKEE (AP) Markus Howard is shooting so well right now from the 3-point line that his Marquette teammates can't help but enjoy the show.

Howard is hitting 3s in transition. He's making 1-on-1 moves to free himself for open looks. He's hitting 3s off curls.

The high-scoring junior had 23 of his 26 points in the first half, and the 18th-ranked Golden Eagles overpowered Southern for an 84-41 win on Friday night.

Howard was 8 for 8 from the field in the opening half, including 5 of 5 on 3-pointers. He scored all of Marquette's points during a 15-2 run midway through the first, capping the stretch with back-to-back 3s for a 35-14 lead with 7:46 left.

The first 3 came after defender Brendon Brooks slipped while Howard took a jab-step to free himself for the jumper.

''When he's going like that, obviously just get out of the way,'' teammate Sacar Anim said. ''Just let him do his thing, just keep feeding him the ball.''

The Golden Eagles (11-2) won their eighth straight game, their longest streak since 2015-16. It was the perfect tuneup before their level of competition picks up next week with the start of Big East play.

Howard, who averages 25.0 points, was needed for just five minutes in the second half. In Marquette's last game, a win over Buffalo last week, Howard scored 40 points in the second half after shooting 8 of 10 from beyond the arc.

''He's having an incredible shooting run here,'' coach Steve Wojciechowski said.

Southern (1-12) was no match, as expected for a team that was allowing 83.8 points per contest. The Jaguars left shooters open consistently, and they couldn't keep up with the Golden Eagles in transition, where they were outscored 30-2.

The good news for the Jaguars is that they move on to Southwestern Athletic Conference play next.

''Thank God we're headed into the league, where we can play at our level a little bit,'' coach Sean Woods said. ''Now it's time to see where we really are.''

Sidney Umude had 10 points for Southern, which was held to 26 percent shooting (14 of 54).

Sam Hauser added 10 points and nine rebounds for Marquette.

BIG PICTURE

Southern: Trailing 48-17 at the half, Southern was dominated in early every important statistical category including points off turnovers (22-6) and rebounds (53-25). At least credit the undersized team for showing fearlessness with the ball, driving the lane to try to create offense. It rarely worked, though, as players missed while trying to make off-balance shots over Marquette's bigger interior defenders.

''What we're looking or right now is competing, and we did in stretches,'' Woods said.

Marquette: This game resembled a preseason scrimmage after about the 11-minute mark of the first half, when Howard went on his personal 15-2 run. With the margin in the 40s for much of the second half, Wojciechowski could afford to give key players ample rest.

SOUTHERN DISCOMFORT

Woods said injuries have hampered his team in nonconference play, forcing him to use a lot of walk-ons. It's not an ideal situation going into a road game against a ranked opponent.

CAM CAN

The game was so lopsided that walk-on guard Cam Marotta, a fan favorite, played the final four minutes for Marquette, making a 3 with 9 seconds left for the game's final points. One of Marotta's main jobs in practice is to guard Howard.

''I thought we were going to have a court-storm when Cam hit that 3,'' Wojciechowski said.

UP NEXT

Southern: Hosts Prairie View A&M on Jan. 5.

Marquette: Visits St. John's on Tuesday in its Big East opener.

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Key Players
E. Reese
22 G
M. Howard
0 G
34.4 Min. Per Game 34.4
25.0 Pts. Per Game 25.0
4.5 Ast. Per Game 4.5
4.3 Reb. Per Game 4.3
46.6 Field Goal % 44.7
39.7 Three Point % 43.4
67.4 Free Throw % 91.0
  DeRias Johnson missed 3-pt. jump shot 0.0
+ 3 Cam Marotta made 3-pt. jump shot 7.0
  Defensive rebound by Mike Lelito 33.0
  Bryan Assie missed free throw 33.0
  Personal foul on Tommy Gardiner 33.0
  DeRias Johnson missed jump shot 35.0
  Bad pass turnover on Cam Marotta, stolen by Brendon Brooks 45.0
+ 2 Isaiah Rollins made jump shot, assist by Destin Dunton 59.0
  Offensive rebound by Destin Dunton 1:08
  DeRias Johnson missed 2nd of 2 free throws 1:08
+ 1 DeRias Johnson made 1st of 2 free throws 1:08
Team Stats
Points 41 84
Field Goals 14-54 (25.9%) 27-60 (45.0%)
3-Pointers 2-16 (12.5%) 9-21 (42.9%)
Free Throws 11-18 (61.1%) 21-30 (70.0%)
Total Rebounds 25 53
Offensive 6 14
Defensive 16 35
Team 3 4
Assists 9 10
Steals 8 11
Blocks 1 4
Turnovers 16 14
Fouls 22 18
Technicals 0 0
10 PTS, 3 REB
26 PTS, 1 REB
12T
away team logo Southern 1-12 172441
home team logo 18 Marquette 11-2 483684
Team Stats
away team logo Southern 1-12 64.9 PPG 34.1 RPG 11.6 APG
home team logo 18 Marquette 11-2 77.3 PPG 41 RPG 13.4 APG
Key Players
20
S. Umude F 12.5 PPG 5.0 RPG 0.6 APG 47.6 FG%
0
M. Howard G 25.0 PPG 4.0 RPG 3.9 APG 42.0 FG%
Top Scorers
S. Umude F 10 PTS 3 REB 0 AST
M. Howard G 26 PTS 1 REB 0 AST
25.9 FG% 45.0
12.5 3PT FG% 42.9
61.1 FT% 70.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Ennis 9 2 0 3/7 0/0 3/4 4 25 2 1 0 0 2
A. Ray 7 2 1 2/7 0/1 3/3 2 27 1 0 4 0 2
D. Johnson 4 6 2 1/9 1/4 1/2 3 21 2 0 2 2 4
B. Brooks 2 0 0 1/5 0/3 0/0 0 11 1 0 0 0 0
R. Lee 0 0 0 0/4 0/1 0/0 2 17 0 0 3 0 0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Ennis 9 2 0 3/7 0/0 3/4 4 25 2 1 0 0 2
A. Ray 7 2 1 2/7 0/1 3/3 2 27 1 0 4 0 2
D. Johnson 4 6 2 1/9 1/4 1/2 3 21 2 0 2 2 4
B. Brooks 2 0 0 1/5 0/3 0/0 0 11 1 0 0 0 0
R. Lee 0 0 0 0/4 0/1 0/0 2 17 0 0 3 0 0
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Umude 10 3 0 3/8 0/2 4/8 1 21 0 0 2 1 2
E. Reese 3 4 3 1/7 1/4 0/0 5 26 1 0 3 2 2
I. Rollins 2 2 0 1/3 0/1 0/0 1 11 0 0 0 0 2
D. Dunton 2 2 3 1/3 0/0 0/0 1 23 1 0 1 1 1
B. Assie 2 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/1 2 11 0 0 0 0 0
H. Hussein 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 5 0 0 1 0 1
M. Burton 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
L. Collins - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Ali - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Mayo - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. McClinton - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Blackmon - - - - - - - - - - - - -
O. Wilson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Saddler - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 41 22 9 14/54 2/16 11/18 22 200 8 1 16 6 16
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Howard 26 1 0 9/10 6/6 2/2 0 15 3 0 2 0 1
S. Hauser 10 9 1 3/6 0/1 4/6 0 16 0 0 2 3 6
S. Anim 9 2 2 3/5 0/1 3/4 2 22 1 0 0 0 2
T. John 8 4 0 3/3 0/0 2/2 1 13 0 0 1 1 3
J. Hauser 2 9 1 1/6 0/2 0/0 4 19 0 0 1 4 5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Howard 26 1 0 9/10 6/6 2/2 0 15 3 0 2 0 1
S. Hauser 10 9 1 3/6 0/1 4/6 0 16 0 0 2 3 6
S. Anim 9 2 2 3/5 0/1 3/4 2 22 1 0 0 0 2
T. John 8 4 0 3/3 0/0 2/2 1 13 0 0 1 1 3
J. Hauser 2 9 1 1/6 0/2 0/0 4 19 0 0 1 4 5
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Chartouny 8 2 3 2/3 1/1 3/4 1 24 1 0 4 0 2
E. Morrow 6 5 0 2/7 0/0 2/2 2 18 1 1 1 2 3
B. Bailey 6 4 3 2/10 1/5 1/2 3 23 1 2 1 3 1
M. Heldt 5 4 0 1/1 0/0 3/4 0 14 0 1 0 0 4
C. Marotta 3 0 0 1/2 1/2 0/0 0 4 0 0 1 0 0
J. Cain 1 8 0 0/6 0/2 1/4 3 27 4 0 1 1 7
M. Lelito 0 1 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 1
B. Jaffee 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
T. Gardiner 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
K. McEwen - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Eke - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Elliott - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 84 49 10 27/60 9/21 21/30 18 200 11 4 14 14 35