MILWAUKEE – Marquette engineered an 18-4 run spanning both halves to break open a tight game and hand Charleston Southern a 76-55 loss Tuesday at Fiserv Forum. The Golden Eagles sunk 13 three-pointers and assisted 23 of their 30 field goals.
CSU (4-3) trailed 32-28 following a Christian Keeling jumper at the 3:01 mark of the first half before Marquette (5-2) ended the stanza on a 6-0 spurt. The Golden Eagles tacked on after halftime, pushing their advantage to 50-32 with 16:10 left. The Bucs crept no closer than 13 points the rest of the way as Marquette's lead swelled as large as 24.
Markus Howard, one of the nation's most prolific returning scorers, hit five threes en route to a team-high 17 points. Joseph Chartouny added a superb all-around effort with 13 points, seven steals and six assists. Three others reached double figures for Marquette, which entered off an overtime win over Louisville in the NIT Season Tip-Off.
CSU head coach Barclay Radebaugh hopes his young team will turn the page as the Bucs prepare for a visit from North Florida on Saturday.
"Marquette played hard and executed extremely well offensively," Radebaugh said. "It was a four-point game late in the first half, they got it ten and I thought that little momentum swing shook us a little bit and we didn't respond well. I'm looking forward to a couple of days of practice and smoothing out some things. I thought we could have played a lot better tonight and I was a little disappointed in our execution. We'll be ready to go for a very good North Florida team that'll be a formidable challenge for us."
How It Happened
- Two Chartouny triples quickly helped Marquette nudge a 38-28 halftime lead to 18. After CSU trimmed its deficit to 13 on one of Ty Jones's career-high three treys, Sam Hauser, Brendan Bailey and Howard buried threes to stake Marquette to a 59-37 lead at the 12:13 mark.
- Howard's last three provided Marquette its largest edge, 70-46, with 5:23 left.
- Marquette led 32-21 at the 5:03 mark of the opening period before CSU reeled off seven straight points to close the gap to four. Jones connected on a three and Keeling knocked down a pair of jumpers to pull the Bucs within two scores. The latter come after a LeXander steal aided by Keeling effort to dive on the floor and help create a turnover.
Inside the Numbers
- Chartouny, Howard, and Sam and Joey Hauser all distributed four assists or more to help Marquette's well-oiled attack.
- Ed Morrow, Bailey and Joey Hauser all grabbed multiple offensive rebounds to lead Marquette to a 14-3 edge in second chance points.
- Keeling paced CSU with 18 points on 8-for-13 shooting, while chipping in four assists and four steals. The four steals matched a career high.
- Jones, who entered the night with three career threes, went a perfect 3-for-3 from beyond the arc.
- Duncan LeXander reached double figures for the fifth time, with 11 points. He also corralled a team-high seven rebounds, including four on the offensive glass.
CSU plays host to North Florida for a 5:30 p.m. tipoff Saturday at the Buc Dome. The Bucs will pay a return trip to the Atlantic Sun foe on December 15.