DEPAUL
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Howard scores 23 as No. 12 Marquette holds off DePaul 79-69

MILWAUKEE (AP) Markus Howard found ways to score when Marquette needed it most.

Howard had 13 of his 23 points - including 11 free throws - in the final six minutes and Sam Hauser added 19 as the 12th-ranked Golden Eagles held off DePaul 79-69 on Wednesday night to remain unbeaten at home.

''He's kept me up since Saturday's game every night just trying to figure out how best to keep him off balance,'' DePaul coach Dave Leitao said of Howard. ''I thought we did to a stretch, but again, his intellect came into play and he drew fouls, which as a 90 percent free throw shooter, he went 15 for 15, which is as admirable a talent as there is to speak of.''

DePaul, which trailed by 14 in the first half, pulled to 56-52 on Max Strus' layup with 7:31 remaining.

Howard then scored five consecutive points to trigger an 11-point run. Marquette extended the lead to 67-56 on two free throws by Hauser with 3:47 left. The Golden Eagles (17-3, 6-1 Big East) scored 17 of their final 23 points from the free throw line to improve to 14-0 at the new Fiserv Forum.

Howard, who entered first in the Big East and fifth in the nation in scoring at 24.4 points per game, was 4 of 10 from the field - including 1 for 3 in the second half. He went 0 for 2 from 3-point range but made all 15 free throw attempts. The star guard had nine assists and eight turnovers.

''We do need to be more balanced offensively and I thought we were tonight,'' Marquette coach Steve Wojciechowski said. ''I really thought it started with Markus' passing to start the game. He really, I thought, made a concerted effort in the beginning of the game to share the ball. When he does that, it becomes contagious.''

Theo John scored a career-high 16 points to go with 10 rebounds and six blocks for Marquette. Joey Hauser had 14 points.

''They're anything but a one-man group,'' Leitao said. ''They're veteran, they've been around. Joey's the only freshman that joined the lineup, but he's very talented, so that's why he fits in well. They're seasoned, they know who they are. They've gotten tremendously improved on the defensive end, and then they have a will.''

Paul Reed had 18 points and Femi Olujobi added 15 for the Blue Demons (11-7, 3-4).

DePaul scored the first eight points of the second half, pulling to 40-35 on Reed's driving layup. John converted a three-point play at 16:20 for Marquette's first points after halftime.

Marquette finished the first half with a 20-6 run for a 40-27 lead at the break. The Blue Demons went more than 5 1/2 minutes without a field goal until Lyrik Schreiner's 3-pointer with 30 seconds left made it 38-27.

DePaul hit seven of its first 13 shots but went 4 for 17 the rest of the half.

The Golden Eagles were sluggish early, making just six of their first 21 shots. The score was tied at 18 with 6:32 left in the half as Marquette had seven turnovers to just six field goals.

''I thought we got contributions across the board from a number of guys, which we knew we needed, because DePaul is playing very well,'' Wojciechowski said. ''They're a much-improved basketball team and program. Our guys and our staff were very concerned about this game because of how well they're playing.''

BIG PICTURE

DePaul: After a three-game skid, the Blue Demons had won three of four coming in, including a victory at St. John's and two wins over Seton Hall. DePaul needs to win just four more games for its first winning regular season since 2006-07.

Marquette: Needs to continue showing improvement on the road. After dropping their first two road games, along with an NIT Season Tip-Off loss to Kansas, the Golden Eagles have posted a pair of narrow road victories, 106-104 in overtime at Creighton and 74-71 at Georgetown. Marquette's next two games are on the road at Xavier and Butler.

A RARE ZERO

In games when Howard has played at least 10 minutes, this was just the sixth time in his career he did not make a 3-pointer. He entered with 72 in 164 attempts, both team highs.

UP NEXT

DePaul is at Providence on Sunday.

Marquette is at Xavier on Saturday.

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Time Team Play Score
20:00   Jumpball received by Marquette  
19:42   Sam Hauser missed turnaround jump shot  
19:40   Defensive rebound by Femi Olujobi  
19:23   Paul Reed missed jump shot  
19:21   Defensive rebound by Theo John  
19:06   Bad pass turnover on Joey Hauser, stolen by Femi Olujobi  
18:38   Femi Olujobi missed jump shot  
18:37   Defensive rebound by Sam Hauser  
18:37   Traveling violation turnover on Joey Hauser  
18:29   Devin Gage missed driving layup, blocked by Theo John  
18:27   Defensive rebound by Joey Hauser  
18:20   Lost ball turnover on Markus Howard, stolen by Devin Gage  
18:11 +3 Max Strus made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Femi Olujobi 3-0
17:49 +3 Joey Hauser made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Markus Howard 3-3
17:34   Traveling violation turnover on Paul Reed  
17:22   Sam Hauser missed 3-pt. jump shot  
17:20   Defensive rebound by Eli Cain  
17:08 +2 Paul Reed made hook shot, assist by Max Strus 5-3
16:59   Personal foul on Devin Gage  
16:52   Sacar Anim missed jump shot  
16:50   Offensive rebound by Theo John  
16:30   Sacar Anim missed driving layup  
16:28   Offensive rebound by Theo John  
16:28   Theo John missed dunk  
16:18   Defensive rebound by Devin Gage  
16:18 +2 Devin Gage made driving layup 7-3
15:58 +2 Markus Howard made driving layup 7-5
15:45   Paul Reed missed hook shot, blocked by Theo John  
15:43   Defensive rebound by Sacar Anim  
15:37   Markus Howard missed 3-pt. jump shot  
15:35   Defensive rebound by Femi Olujobi  
15:21   Max Strus missed jump shot  
15:18   Defensive rebound by Theo John  
15:02   Joey Hauser missed 3-pt. jump shot  
15:00   Defensive rebound by Devin Gage  
14:35   Eli Cain missed 3-pt. jump shot  
14:33   Offensive rebound by Jaylen Butz  
14:28   Lost ball turnover on Jaylen Butz, stolen by Joey Hauser  
14:21 +3 Joey Hauser made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Markus Howard 7-8
13:59   Shooting foul on Joey Hauser  
13:59 +1 Paul Reed made 1st of 2 free throws 8-8
13:59   Paul Reed missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
13:59   Defensive rebound by Joey Hauser  
13:44 +2 Markus Howard made jump shot 8-10
13:24 +2 Paul Reed made jump shot, assist by Eli Cain 10-10
13:06   Bad pass turnover on Brendan Bailey, stolen by Max Strus  
12:57 +2 Jaylen Butz made hook shot, assist by Max Strus 12-10
12:35   Joey Hauser missed jump shot  
12:33   Defensive rebound by Jaylen Butz  
12:22 +2 Eli Cain made turnaround jump shot 14-10
12:10 +2 Ed Morrow made hook shot, assist by Sacar Anim 14-12
11:42 +2 Lyrik Shreiner made driving layup, assist by Max Strus 16-12
11:28   Bad pass turnover on Markus Howard, stolen by Eli Cain  
11:10   Eli Cain missed jump shot  
11:08   Defensive rebound by Sacar Anim  
10:59   Sacar Anim missed jump shot  
10:57   Offensive rebound by Ed Morrow  
10:56   Ed Morrow missed layup  
10:54   Defensive rebound by Eli Cain  
10:34   Offensive foul on Paul Reed  
10:34   Turnover on Paul Reed  
10:09   Brendan Bailey missed jump shot  
10:07   Defensive rebound by Lyrik Shreiner  
10:00   Lost ball turnover on Lyrik Shreiner, stolen by Brendan Bailey  
9:54   Sacar Anim missed layup, blocked by Jaylen Butz  
9:52   Defensive rebound by Femi Olujobi  
9:40   Max Strus missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:38   Defensive rebound by Brendan Bailey  
9:31   Sam Hauser missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:29   Defensive rebound by Lyrik Shreiner  
9:22   Offensive foul on Jaylen Butz  
9:22   Turnover on Jaylen Butz  
9:22   Unsportsmanlike technical foul on Jaylen Butz  
9:22 +1 Markus Howard made 1st of 2 free throws 16-13
9:22   Unsportsmanlike technical foul on DePaul  
9:22 +1 Markus Howard made 2nd of 2 free throws 16-14
9:22 +1 Markus Howard made 1st of 2 free throws 16-15
9:22 +1 Markus Howard made 2nd of 2 free throws 16-16
8:55   Traveling violation turnover on Markus Howard  
8:28 +2 Femi Olujobi made turnaround jump shot, assist by Paul Reed 18-16
8:18   Bad pass turnover on Joey Hauser, stolen by Devin Gage  
8:03   Paul Reed missed jump shot  
8:01   Defensive rebound by Sam Hauser  
7:46 +2 Theo John made dunk, assist by Markus Howard 18-18
7:35   Devin Gage missed jump shot  
7:33   Defensive rebound by Markus Howard  
7:23   Sam Hauser missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:21   Defensive rebound by Paul Reed  
6:54   Devin Gage missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:52   Defensive rebound by Sam Hauser  
6:44   Joey Hauser missed jump shot  
6:42   Defensive rebound by Devin Gage  
6:22 +2 Eli Cain made turnaround jump shot 20-18
6:22   Shooting foul on Sacar Anim  
6:22 +1 Eli Cain made free throw 21-18
6:09 +2 Ed Morrow made layup, assist by Markus Howard 21-20
6:00   Max Strus missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:58   Defensive rebound by Joey Hauser  
5:51 +3 Sam Hauser made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Joey Hauser 21-23
5:34   Lost ball turnover on Femi Olujobi, stolen by Joey Hauser  
5:18 +2 Sam Hauser made jump shot, assist by Joey Hauser 21-25
5:10 +2 Devin Gage made layup 23-25
4:58 +3 Sam Hauser made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Joey Hauser 23-28
4:53   Shooting foul on Ed Morrow  
4:53   Femi Olujobi missed 1st of 2 free throws  
4:53 +1 Femi Olujobi made 2nd of 2 free throws 24-28
4:53 +1 Femi Olujobi made 2nd of 2 free throws 24-28
4:37   Sacar Anim missed jump shot  
4:35   Defensive rebound by Paul Reed  
4:22   Max Strus missed driving layup, blocked by Theo John  
4:20   Defensive rebound by Joey Hauser  
4:09   Markus Howard missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:07   Offensive rebound by Theo John  
4:07 +2 Theo John made dunk 24-30
4:07   Shooting foul on Paul Reed  
4:07 +1 Theo John made free throw 24-31
4:00   Eli Cain missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:58   Defensive rebound by Joseph Chartouny  
3:50   Shooting foul on Eli Cain  
3:50   Commercial timeout called  
3:50 +1 Theo John made 2nd of 2 free throws 24-33
3:35   Max Strus missed jump shot  
3:33   Offensive rebound by Femi Olujobi  
3:31   Jumpball received by DePaul  
3:09   Max Strus missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:07   Offensive rebound by Lyrik Shreiner  
3:03   Lyrik Shreiner missed jump shot  
3:01   Defensive rebound by Theo John  
2:38   Theo John missed jump shot  
2:36   Offensive rebound by Jamal Cain  
2:33   Jamal Cain missed layup  
2:31   Defensive rebound by Femi Olujobi  
2:18   Backcourt turnover on Eli Cain  
1:57   Markus Howard missed driving layup  
1:55   Defensive rebound by Lyrik Shreiner  
1:51   Traveling violation turnover on Devin Gage  
1:37 +3 Joey Hauser made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Markus Howard 24-36
1:26   Personal foul on Theo John  
1:10   Personal foul on Markus Howard  
59.0   Lyrik Shreiner missed 3-pt. jump shot  
57.0   Offensive rebound by DePaul  
48.0   Max Strus missed jump shot, blocked by Sam Hauser  
46.0   Defensive rebound by Marquette  
48.0   Personal foul on Max Strus  
48.0 +1 Sam Hauser made 1st of 2 free throws 24-37
48.0 +1 Sam Hauser made 2nd of 2 free throws 24-38
33.0 +3 Lyrik Shreiner made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Eli Cain 27-38
8.0   Markus Howard missed floating jump shot  
6.0   Offensive rebound by Markus Howard  
1.0 +2 Markus Howard made dunk 27-40
0.0   End of period  

Time Team Play Score
19:47   Out of bounds turnover on Markus Howard  
19:28 +2 Femi Olujobi made layup, assist by Max Strus 29-40
19:17   Sam Hauser missed 3-pt. jump shot  
19:15   Defensive rebound by Paul Reed  
19:04   Offensive foul on Eli Cain  
19:04   Turnover on Eli Cain  
18:51   Joey Hauser missed 3-pt. jump shot  
18:49   Defensive rebound by Devin Gage  
18:42   Shooting foul on Theo John  
18:42 +1 Eli Cain made 1st of 2 free throws 30-40
18:42   Eli Cain missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
18:42   Defensive rebound by Sam Hauser  
18:24   Bad pass turnover on Theo John, stolen by Paul Reed  
18:12 +3 Paul Reed made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Eli Cain 33-40
17:46   Sacar Anim missed turnaround jump shot  
17:44   Defensive rebound by Femi Olujobi  
17:39 +2 Paul Reed made layup, assist by Devin Gage 35-40
17:30   Offensive foul on Sam Hauser  
17:30   Turnover on Sam Hauser  
17:14   Kicked ball violation on Marquette  
17:05   Traveling violation turnover on Paul Reed  
16:52   Sacar Anim missed 3-pt. jump shot  
16:50   Defensive rebound by Devin Gage  
16:32   Paul Reed missed driving layup, blocked by Theo John  
16:30   Defensive rebound by Joey Hauser  
16:21   Markus Howard missed floating jump shot  
16:19   Offensive rebound by Theo John  
16:21 +2 Theo John made driving layup 35-42
16:21   Shooting foul on Devin Gage  
16:20 +1 Theo John made free throw 35-43
15:59   Max Strus missed 3-pt. jump shot  
15:57   Offensive rebound by Max Strus  
15:52   Jaylen Butz missed layup  
15:52   Offensive rebound by Jaylen Butz  
15:51   Personal foul on Sam Hauser  
15:42 +2 Max Strus made jump shot, assist by Jaylen Butz 37-43
15:15 +3 Joseph Chartouny made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Sam Hauser 37-46
14:45 +2 Devin Gage made jump shot, assist by Paul Reed 39-46
14:26   Lost ball turnover on Markus Howard  
14:00   Bad pass turnover on Devin Gage, stolen by Joseph Chartouny  
13:57   Traveling violation turnover on Markus Howard  
13:47   Max Strus missed reverse layup  
13:45   Offensive rebound by Paul Reed  
13:39 +2 Paul Reed made reverse layup 41-46
13:20   Jumpball received by DePaul  
13:20   Lost ball turnover on Sacar Anim, stolen by Jaylen Butz  
13:05   Bad pass turnover on Eli Cain, stolen by Markus Howard  
13:02   Shooting foul on Max Strus  
13:02 +1 Joey Hauser made 1st of 2 free throws 41-47
13:02   Joey Hauser missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
13:02   Defensive rebound by Femi Olujobi  
12:38   Jaylen Butz missed hook shot  
12:36   Offensive rebound by Femi Olujobi  
12:37   Shooting foul on Ed Morrow  
12:37 +1 Femi Olujobi made 1st of 2 free throws 42-47
12:37 +1 Femi Olujobi made 2nd of 2 free throws 43-47
12:14 +2 Sam Hauser made reverse layup, assist by Ed Morrow 43-49
11:54   Bad pass turnover on Jaylen Butz, stolen by Sacar Anim  
11:52   Jumpball received by Marquette  
11:33 +3 Sam Hauser made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Joseph Chartouny 43-52
11:14   Personal foul on Sacar Anim  
10:59   Max Strus missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:57   Offensive rebound by DePaul  
10:57   Personal foul on Sam Hauser  
10:49 +3 Devin Gage made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Max Strus 46-52
10:36   Out of bounds turnover on Joseph Chartouny  
10:28   Devin Gage missed layup, blocked by Ed Morrow  
10:26   Defensive rebound by Joey Hauser  
10:14   Sacar Anim missed layup  
10:14   Offensive rebound by Sacar Anim  
10:14   Sacar Anim missed driving layup  
10:12   Defensive rebound by Paul Reed  
10:11   Personal foul on Joey Hauser  
10:11 +1 Max Strus made 1st of 2 free throws 47-52
10:11 +1 Max Strus made 2nd of 2 free throws 48-52
9:57 +2 Theo John made dunk, assist by Markus Howard 48-54
9:29   Devin Gage missed driving layup  
9:27   Offensive rebound by Paul Reed  
9:19   Paul Reed missed dunk  
9:17   Defensive rebound by Joseph Chartouny  
9:17   Shooting foul on Devin Gage  
9:17   Theo John missed 1st of 2 free throws  
9:22   Theo John missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
9:22   Defensive rebound by Devin Gage  
8:51   Shot clock violation turnover on DePaul  
8:38 +2 Theo John made dunk, assist by Markus Howard 48-56
8:26   Paul Reed missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:24   Defensive rebound by Marquette  
8:10   Lost ball turnover on Markus Howard, stolen by Devin Gage  
8:03 +2 Paul Reed made layup, assist by Devin Gage 50-56
7:39   Bad pass turnover on Markus Howard, stolen by Max Strus  
7:31 +2 Max Strus made driving layup 52-56
7:22   Commercial timeout called  
6:55   Shot clock violation turnover on Marquette  
6:42   Max Strus missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:40   Defensive rebound by Theo John  
6:32   Personal foul on Max Strus  
6:25   Jumpball received by DePaul  
6:25