Marquette Hosts St. Francis (PA) Monday At 6 p.m. CT
Dec. 15, 2016
TV Info: FS1 | Radio Info: 540 ESPN
The Marquette University men’s basketball team (7-3, 0-0 BIG EAST) continues its season-long, five-game homestand at 6 p.m. CT on Monday, Dec. 19 when the squad hosts St. Francis (PA) in non-conference action at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. FS1 will feature Marquette’s 11th national television broadcast of the campaign, with Brian Anderson (play-by-play) and Dickey Simpkins (analyst) calling the action. Following Monday’s matchup, the Golden Eagles will conclude the non-conference portion of their 2016-17 campaign versus SIU-Edwardsville on Dec. 21. SIUE is coached by former Marquette player Jon Harris.
MU Renews Series With St. Francis After 60 Years
The Golden Eagles will be meeting St. Francis (PA) on the 60th anniversary of the last matchup between the two programs.
The Red Flash claimed a 79-72 victory over Marquette in Milwaukee on Dec. 19, 1956 in the most recent outing. That team was coached by Jack Nagle and Mike Moran was the squad’s leading scorer at 20.4 points per game.
The game with the Red Flash has special meaning to those familiar with the program, which is celebrating 100 years in 2016-17. Marquette defeated St. Francis (PA), 75-64, on March 22, 1952 to claim the National Catholic Tournament title in Troy, N.Y. MU also earned wins over Iona and St. Francis (N.Y.) in that tourney.
The team was coached by Tex Winter, who went on to claim nine total NBA championships with the Bulls and Lakers and is widely known for developing the triangle offense. Winter spent two seasons (1951-53) as head coach at Marquette and at the time was the youngest program mentor in the nation.
MU Offense Performing At A Record Rate
Through the first 10 games of the season, the Golden Eagles are averaging an impressive 86.4 points per game (18th in nation through games of Dec. 14) thanks in large part to impressive shooting from all areas of the court.
Marquette is currently knocking down 49.9 percent (17th in nation) of its shots from the field overall, including a 40.1 percent effort from behind the 3-point line. MU is also tops in the BIG EAST and third in the nation in free throw percentage (.813).
MU has only averaged over 80.0 points per contest for a season on three previous occasions, most recently during the 1970-71 campaign (81.7 ppg.). Should Marquette be able to maintain its current level of production, it would break the program’s single-season mark of 84.2 points per game in 1954-55.
Howard Nets Career Best In First Rivalry Game
Freshman guard Markus Howard enjoyed his best offensive performance to date in the team’s matchup with Wisconsin on Dec. 10.
The Chandler, Arizona, native finished with a personal-best 22 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the floor, including a 3-of-6 effort from behind the 3-point line. He knocked down 7-of-8 from the charity stripe and also chipped in three rebounds and an assist in 34 minutes of action.
For the season, Howard is chipping in 10.2 points, 2.0 assists and 2.0 rebounds per game in an average of 19.5 minutes per night.
Reinhardt, Rowsey Provide Bench Scoring
The duo combined for 31 points against Wisconsin, shooting 8-of-15 from the floor and 7-of-11 from long distance. Both players have been nearly perfect from the free throw line this season, as evidenced by the combined 8-of-9 effort from the tandem against the Badgers.
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