Howard hits 9 3s, scores 34; Marquette beats Xavier 83-61


MARQUETTE 83, XAVIER 61

XAVIER (18-9)

Jones 6-8 1-2 13, Gaston 5-8 2-3 12, Bernard 0-2 1-2 1, Goodin 0-7 0-0 0, Macura 3-14 2-2 9, Stainbrook 0-0 0-0 0, Gates 4-8 2-2 11, O’Mara 5-8 4-6 14, Schrand 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 23-55 13-19 61.

MARQUETTE (16-10)

Heldt 3-4 0-0 6, Rowsey 3-11 9-10 18, Howard 11-18 3-3 34, Wilson 1-7 1-1 3, Hauser 0-5 0-0 0, Franklin 0-0 0-0 0, Fischer 2-3 0-0 4, Reinhardt 1-6 0-0 3, Cheatham 5-9 5-6 15, Marotta 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 26-64 18-20 83.

Halftime_Marquette 42-30. 3-Point Goals_Xavier 2-17 (Gates 1-5, Macura 1-6, Bernard 0-2, Goodin 0-4), Marquette 13-36 (Howard 9-12, Rowsey 3-10, Reinhardt 1-4, Cheatham 0-1, Wilson 0-4, Hauser 0-5). Fouled Out_Fischer, Heldt, Goodin. Rebounds_Xavier 35 (Gaston 11), Marquette 35 (Heldt, Cheatham 9). Assists_Xavier 17 (Goodin 8), Marquette 19 (Rowsey 7). Total Fouls_Xavier 19, Marquette 23. Technicals_Gaston 2, Xavier coach Chris Mack, Jones, Reinhardt, Wilson.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Markus Howard tied the Marquette single-game record with nine 3-pointers and had a career-high 34 points , Andrew Rowsey scored 18 with a career-high tying seven assists and the Golden Eagles beat Xavier 83-61 on Saturday night to snap a two-game skid.

Haanif Cheatham had 15 points and eight rebounds for Marquette (16-10, 7-7 Big East), which is one game back of the fourth-place Musketeers in the conference standings. Xavier, which has lost three in a row overall, had won six straight against Marquette.

Rowsey scored 10 points, including back-to-back 3-pointers, during a 21-2 run to open the game and the Golden Eagles led by double figures the rest of the way. Xavier (18-9, 8-6) missed six shots in a row and was scoreless for nearly six minutes during the decisive run and went another five-plus minutes without a field goal later in the half.

Sean O’Mara had 15 points, Tyrique Jones scored 13 and RaShid Gaston added 12 with 10 rebounds for Xavier. The Musketeers made a season-low tying two 3-pointers on 17 attempts (12 percent).

Marquette hit 13 3s and made 18 of 20 free throws.

MARQUETTE 83, XAVIER 61

XAVIER (18-9)

Jones 6-8 1-2 13, Gaston 5-8 2-3 12, Bernard 0-2 1-2 1, Goodin 0-7 0-0 0, Macura 3-14 2-2 9, Stainbrook 0-0 0-0 0, Gates 4-8 2-2 11, O’Mara 5-8 4-6 14, Schrand 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 23-55 13-19 61.

MARQUETTE (16-10)

Heldt 3-4 0-0 6, Rowsey 3-11 9-10 18, Howard 11-18 3-3 34, Wilson 1-7 1-1 3, Hauser 0-5 0-0 0, Franklin 0-0 0-0 0, Fischer 2-3 0-0 4, Reinhardt 1-6 0-0 3, Cheatham 5-9 5-6 15, Marotta 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 26-64 18-20 83.

Halftime_Marquette 42-30. 3-Point Goals_Xavier 2-17 (Gates 1-5, Macura 1-6, Bernard 0-2, Goodin 0-4), Marquette 13-36 (Howard 9-12, Rowsey 3-10, Reinhardt 1-4, Cheatham 0-1, Wilson 0-4, Hauser 0-5). Fouled Out_Fischer, Heldt, Goodin. Rebounds_Xavier 35 (Gaston 11), Marquette 35 (Heldt, Cheatham 9). Assists_Xavier 17 (Goodin 8), Marquette 19 (Rowsey 7). Total Fouls_Xavier 19, Marquette 23. Technicals_Gaston 2, Xavier coach Chris Mack, Jones, Reinhardt, Wilson.