WASHINGTON — On Saturday, Marquette allowed its opponent to shoot over 50 percent from the field and also saw exactly half of their opponent’s three-point attempts drop through the twine. For all those defensive shortcomings, however, the Golden Eagles also possess the great equalizer, scoring sensation Markus Howard, and he delivered in the clutch to give Marquette a much-needed victory in the Big East Conference.
Howard scored 28 of his 42 points in the second half, including a tie-breaking three with 80 seconds remaining to lift the Golden Eagles to an 84-80 victory over Georgetown at Capital One Arena.
Sacar Anim had 13 points and Koby McEwen had nine assists as Marquette (13-5, 3-3 Big East) won just its second true road game of the season.
Neither team possessed a lead of more than two possessions at any point in the second half, and Howard proved to the be the difference-maker during what turned out to be his seventh 40-point game of his career. Howard scored eight straight points for the Golden Eagles starting at the five-minute mark of the second half, and 13 of his points came during that window.
Georgetown shot 58 percent in the first half yet still found themselves down 42-36 at halftime, mainly because of giving up seven offensive rebounds that led to 10 Golden Eagle second-chance points. Marquette attempted nine more shots in the game’s first 20 minutes than the Hoyas, who scored 20 points in the paint during that time.
Mac McClung led Georgetown (12-7, 2-4) with 24 points while Omer Yurtseven once again produced a double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds.
*Editor’s note: Above the byline is the photo gallery from Saturday evening’s game, with all photos taken by DC-area photographer Yusuf Abdullah. After clicking on the first photo to enlarge the picture, make sure to press the left and right arrow buttons to scroll through the rest of the pictures. There are 10 pictures in total.