Marquette Falls to Butler on the Road, 93-84
Jan. 12, 2018
INDIANAPOLIS – Sophomore Sam Hauser tied a career-high with 30 points to lead Marquette, but the Kelan Martin-led Bulldogs prevailed with a 94-83 win inside Hinkle Fieldhouse on Friday.
Hauser registered his second 30-point effort of the season, and Marquette’s 10th overall, on 11-for-17 from the field, including 6-of-9 from downtown. However, it was Martin’s career-high 37 points on 12-of-17 shooting that proved too much for the Golden Eagles to overcome.
Butler snapped a three-game skid and improved to 13-6 (3-3 BIG EAST), while Marquette dropped to 12-6 (3-3 BIG EAST).
Marquette trailed by as many as 14 points in the first half before battling back to tie the game at 56-all with 12:41 left on a basket by Markus Howard, who went scoreless in the first half, but finished with 14 second-half points.
Shortly thereafter, MU connected on three consecutive 3-pointers – two by Hauser and one from Greg Elliott – to cap a 9-0 scoring run and take its first lead since early in the first half, going ahead 67-60 with 10:06 remaining. The lead wouldn’t last long, though, as Butler answered with a 13-point run to retake the lead for good.
The Bulldogs committed just three turnovers and put four in double figures, shooting 59.4 percent (38-64), while the Golden Eagles went 14-of-26 (53.8) in the second half to finish the game just under 50 percent (28-57). Andrew Rowsey chipped in 17 points to joining Hauser and Howard in double figures.
MU closed out the first half on a 7-0 run. Howard picked up two quick fouls and was limited to just two shot attempts, going scoreless in the first 20 minutes. Hauser picked up the slack, leading all scorers with 16 in the opening stanza.
The Golden Eagles return home to the BMO Harris Bradley Center on Monday, Jan. 15, hosting DePaul at 8 p.m. Central time.
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