Howard’s record-breaking night leads No. 21 Marquette
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Markus Howard scored 14 of his career-high 53 points in overtime after Sam Hauser’s deep 3-pointer at the end of regulation tied the game, and No. 21 Marquette beat Creighton 106-104 on Wednesday night.
Howard’s dazzling offensive performance set a Marquette record and broke his own record for points in a Big East game. His 53 points were the most by a player in a game matching Division I opponents this season, one behind the 54 Furman’s Jordan Lyons had against D-II North Greenville. Howard had 52 points against Providence last season. It was also the highest-scoring performance ever by a Creighton opponent.
Marquette never led until Howard scored on his team’s first possession of overtime. Marquette repeatedly cut into Creighton leads only to see the Bluejays pull ahead again.
But with the Golden Eagles within 85-82 and 0.8 seconds on the clock, Creighton’s long inbound pass touched nobody and rolled out of bounds on the other end.
That gave Marquette possession under its basket. Hauser caught the inbound on the left wing and launched a shot that left his fingertips just before the clock hit zeroes. The 3-pointer was ruled good immediately, and the call was upheld after a long video review.
Marquette (13-3, 2-1 Big East) won for the first time in four road games. Creighton (10-6, 1-2) dropped its second straight.
Sam Hauser and Joey Hauser added 13 points apiece for the Eagles, who made 16 of 28 3-pointers.
Most of those 3s were by Howard, who was unstoppable despite Davion Mintz’s best efforts to guard him.
Howard was 10 for 14 on 3s and 13 for 15 from the free-throw line.
Ty-Shon Alexander had 23 points, Mintz scored 21 and Martin Krampelj had 19 for the Bluejays.
NO. 9 VIRGINIA TECH 52, GEORGIA TECH 49
ATLANTA (AP) — Ahmed Hill scored 15 points, Kerry Blackshear Jr. added 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Virginia Tech overcame a terrible shooting performance to beat Georgia Tech.
The Hokies (14-1, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) won their ninth straight game for the school’s best start to a season since the 1982-83 team had an identical record.
Virginia Tech, the nation’s second-best 3-point shooting team, hit only five 3s and finished at 18.5 percent from beyond the arc.
Jose Alvarado scored 20 points and Abdoulaye Gueye had 11 for Georgia Tech (9-6, 1-1).
MISSISSIPPI 82, NO. 11 AUBURN 67
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Terence Davis had 27 points and 12 rebounds to lead surprising Mississippi to an upset of Auburn.
Ole Miss (12-2, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) continued its run of strong play under first-year coach Kermit Davis after being widely picked to finish at or near the bottom of the league.
Freshman K.J. Buffen added 16 points for the Rebels (11-3, 0-1) while Devontae Shuler scored 14. Davis shot 9 of 15 from the field and made four 3-pointers.
Auburn was led by Bryce Brown, who took 24 shots — 19 from 3-point range — to score 23 points.
RUTGERS 64, NO. 16 OHIO STATE 61
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Montez Mathis hit two contested layups and Geo Baker nailed a jumper with 10.3 seconds to play as Rutgers scored its biggest Big Ten Conference victory under coach Steve Pikiell.
The win was the Scarlet Knights’ first against a ranked Big Ten team since an upset of No. 4 Wisconsin in January 2015 under then-coach Eddie Jordan.
Rutgers (8-6, 1-3) scored the final six points in handing the Buckeyes (12-3, 2-2) their second straight loss.
Mathis finished with 16 points and Baker had 15.
Kaleb Wesson scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half for Ohio State.
TEMPLE 73, NO. 17 HOUSTON 69
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Quinton Rose scored 22 points and Temple handed Houston its first loss of the season.
Corey Davis Jr. was called for a charge in the final second of play, wiping out a tying basket for the Cougars (15-1, 2-1 American Athletic Conference).
Breaon Brady had 19 points to lead the Cougars, who started 15-0 for the first time since the 1967-68 team won its first 31 games.
Shizz Alston Jr. had 12 points, six rebounds and six assists for the Owls (12-3, 2-1), who have won five of six. Nate Pierre-Louis added 16 points to help Temple beat a Top 25 team for the 12th straight season.