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Undersized Marquette star Howard finding ways to dominate


Undersized Marquette star Howard discovering methods to dominate

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) – Markus Howard continues to search out methods to dominate basketball video games regardless of his undersized stature.

The 5-foot-11 Marquette preseason All-American and reigning Big East participant of the yr leads the nation in scoring at 26 factors a recreation.

“We need Markus to be the player and the star he is. It makes everyone better,” stated Golden Eagles coach Steve Wojciechowski. “He gives us a swagger. He gives us a confidence when he’s doing his thing.”

He did his factor at Orlando Invitational.

Howard scored 91 factors on the primary two days of the match, making a blinding array of step-back 3-pointers and seemingly blowing previous befuddled defenders at will when he selected to drive to the basket for a more in-depth look.



He led Marquette to the championship recreation, the place Howard and the Golden Eagles had been derailed by third-ranked Maryland. But throughout their run, Howard grew to become the primary Big East participant to ever have back-to-back 40-point video games, together with a 51-point outburst towards Southern California within the semifinals.

“Just another incredible performance,” stated Wojciechowski, who watched the senior from Chandler, Arizona go for 40 the earlier night time towards Davidson.

Howard was the final participant to go away the courtroom after his spectacular outing, pausing to pose for photos earlier than cheerfully plowing by way of a pack of younger Golden Eagles followers chanting his identify.

It was the third 50-point recreation of Howard’s profession. He additionally joined Mississippi’s Johnny Neumann and LSU’s Pete Maravich and Bob Pettit as the one gamers in a serious convention to attain at the very least 40 on consecutive days.

“I don’t really pay too much attention to that. Whatever comes is truly a blessing,” Howard stated of the milestones. “I’m so thankful to be in the position I am, having teammates and coaches I have who let me have the freedom to be who I am and comfortable with who I am.”

A second-team All-American final season when he led Marquette to the NCAA Tournament, Howard enters Wednesday night time’s dwelling recreation towards Jacksonville because the nation’s high scorer at 26 per recreation. He was averaging 29.Three earlier than Maryland overwhelmed the Golden Eagles 84-63 within the Orlando Invitational closing, limiting Howard to 6 factors on 1 for 12 sho-oting, together with zero of 6 on 3-point makes an attempt.

The Terrapins made a concerted effort to maintain the ball out of Howard’s palms, a process 6-foot-5 Darryl Morsell took to coronary heart.

And when Maryland’s greatest defender wasn’t blanketing the Marquette star, 6-foot-6 Aaron Wiggins made issues simply as tough for Howard.

“Our goal was just to make it tough,” Morsell stated. “Contest every shot, just try to get physical.”

It wasn’t something out of the unusual for Howard.

Wojciechowski famous Howard has confronted practically each sort of protection conceivable throughout his profession. He’s been held to single digits seven occasions over the previous two-plus seasons, however he’s all the time bounced again.

“The fact people defend Markus hard is not new. He’s Big East player of the year. He’s an All-American last year,” the coach stated. “Teams have gone out to stop him. We have to learn, re-learn with this group, how to figure that out.”

Howard has 51 profession video games of 20-plus factors, 20 with 30 or extra and 6 of at the very least 40. He has no intentions of slowing down as he approaches one other milestone he’ll share together with his brother, Jordan, who performed at Central Arkansas from 2015-18 and was Southland Conference participant of the yr as a senior.

As a duo, the Howards have scored 4,661 factors. The solely different combo of brothers that’s scored extra is Seth and Stephen Curry, who completed their NCAA careers with 4,736.

“My teammates give me supreme confidence. If they tell me to keep going, I’m going to keep going. I’m never going to stop. That’s kind of the mentality I’ve had as a scorer,” Howard stated. “No matter what’s being thrown at me, I’m going to continue to come at you. Just continue to be aggressive and play with a chip on my shoulder.”

Turns out, what’s good for Howard can also be good for the Golden Eagles, who feed off his vitality.

“I think if I don’t show that it definitely changes our team a lot,” Howard stated. “When I play with a certain swagger and confidence, different guys are able to play with that same kind of edge. I think it’s good for our whole team because the best comes out of our team when everybody’s playing that way.”

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