Markus Howard Erupts for 53 Points in Marquette's OT Win vs. Creighton

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistJanuary 10, 2019

Marquette's Markus Howard (0) goes to the basket in front of Creighton's Samson Froling, left, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Omaha, Neb., Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
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The Marquette Golden Eagles pulled out a 106-104 overtime victory over the Creighton Bluejays on Wednesday night, and it's all thanks to a record-setting night by junior guard Markus Howard.

Howard dropped 53 points on 15-of-26 shooting, including an eye-popping 10-of-14 from three-point range. 

Per Marquette Basketball, the 53 points established a new school and Big East record. His 10 triples were one away from tying the school record he set on Nov. 29, 2017, when he dropped 11 in a victory against Chicago State. He also hit 11 against Providence on Jan. 3, 2018.

While the 5'11", 175-pound guard kept his team in the game during regulation, he nearly single-handedly carried the Golden Eagles to victory in the extra session. Howard scored Marquette's first 11 points of overtime and 13 of its first 15.

Overall, he put up 14 points in the five-minute period. Of course, Howard's record-setting night would not have been possible without the buzzer-beating heroics of teammate Sam Hauser:

Howard was not only feeling it from downtown, but he also had a good night at the line, converting 13 of his 15 free-throw attempts. His nine turnovers were the only glaring issue of his big night.

This is just Howard's latest standout performance of the season. He put up 45 in a victory over then-No. 12 Kansas State back on Dec. 1 and hit 45 again in a win over then-No. 14 Buffalo on Dec. 21. He has scored 20-plus points in eight of the last nine games.

By topping 50 points both last year against Providence and on Wednesday against Creighton, Howard accomplished a feat no other Division I player has in recent memory, according to ESPN Stats & Info:

Howard was named second team All-Big East a season ago. As he continues to produce big numbers (25.8 points per game this year), he is putting himself in serious consideration to earn first-team honors this season.

No. 21 Marquette improved to 13-3 on the season with the victory. The win was the Golden Eagles' 10th in their last 11 games.