Howard scores 51, Marquette beats USC 101-79
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Markus Howard scored 51 points and Marquette advanced to the Orlando Invitational championship game by beating Southern California 101-79 on Friday.
Howard set a tournament record for the second straight game after having a 40-point performance in a 73-63 victory over Davidson in the first round on Thursday. The previous mark was 38, set by Marquette’s Matt Carlino against Georgia Tech in 2014.
The senior guard, with one game remaining, also shattered the tourney overall point total of 77 established by Monmouth’s Justin Robertson in 2015.
Howard’s third career game of 50 or more points ended with 5:36 left when he made a free throw following a lay-up to complete a 3-point play.
Trailing 11-6 early on, Marquette (5-1) put together a nearly half-long surge behind Howard’s 26 points to go up 57-36 at the break.
Marquette also got 11 points from Greg Elliott.
Isaiah Mobley had 15 points and nine rebounds for USC (6-2). The Trojans had two-player technical fouls during the second half.
USC guard Charles O’Bannon Jr. is expected to miss at least four weeks following surgery for a left-hand injury. The son of former UCLA standout Charles O’Bannon was hurt at practice Monday.
USC: After holding Fairfield to 27% shooting in a 54-47 win on Thursday, Marquette shot 48.5% (32-66) against the Trojans. The Golden Eagles were 14 of 29 (48.3%) from 3-point range.
Marquette: Broke the invitational mark for team points held by Oklahoma State, which had 97 against Purdue in 2013. Going under the radar was the impressive 3-point defense, which limited USC to 3 for 12, with all the made shots coming in the second half. The Golden Eagles held Davidson 0 for 14 Thursday.
Marquette faces No. 5 Maryland on Sunday.
USC and Harvard will play Sunday in the third-place game.