DePaul lets another lead get away in loss to Marquette

Markus Howard returned to action and scored 31 points as Marquette, which trailed most of the way, beat the Blue Demons 76-72.

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DePaul’s Jalen Coleman-Lands tries to drive against Marquette’s Markus Howard on Saturday at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee.

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MILWAUKEE — Markus Howard returned to action and scored 31 points and Marquette beat DePaul 76-72 on Saturday in game the Blue Demons led most of the way.

His jumper — which followed a pair foul shots — occurred with 82 seconds left to give the Golden Eagles (16-6, 6-4 Big East Conference) the lead for good. He scored eight of Marquette’s last 10. Howard gave Marquette its only lead of the first half at 21-20.

He left Wednesday night’s double-overtime win against Xavier with 11:15 remaining in regulation when a hit to the face resulted in a bloody nose.

It didn’t effect his play early as he made five of his first nine 3-pointer to score 15 of Marquette’s first 21 points. He cooled off to finish 8-of-21 shooting but made 10 of 11 from the foul line. Koby McEwen scored 13 points and Jayce Johnson 11.

After winning 12 of its first 13, the Blue Demons (13-9) have gone 1-8 in Big East Conference play. Charlie Moore led four Blue Demons in double digits with 21 points, which as a team missed 11 of 23 free throws.

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