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#BEATEMDOWN: Marquette 90, Western Carolina 44

This was over early.

NCAA Basketball: Western Carolina at Marquette Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Junior transfer Andrew Rowsey came off the bench to finish with a game high 21 points as Marquette destroyed Western Carolina on Wednesday night by a final score of 90-44.

Sam Hauser splashed a triple with 13:59 left in the first half to push the lead to double digits for the first time, a bucket by Luke Fischer made it a 21 point game with 10:17 left in the first, and the lead hit 30 off a trey from Markus Howard with 1:58 left to go before halftime.

If there was still any doubt left in the eventual outcome with a halftime score of 56-18, Jajuan Johnson broke the ice on the second half with a three pointer of his own to push the lead past 40. The lead maxed out at 48 three times in the second half, including with just 30 seconds left on two free throws from Rowsey, and that’s about how that one went.

If you reeeeeeaaaaaally wanted to turn a critical eye on this game, you could point at the fact that Marquette shot just 38% from the field in the second half, and just 31% from behind the three point arc. Then again, they pushed the lead from 38 to 46 at the end of the game, so it’s probably not that big of a deal.

The only real newsworthy item from the game was actually something that didn’t happen in the game at all. Graduate transfer Katin Reinhardt wasn’t even in the BMO Harris Bradley Center on Wednesday night due to illness. He hadn’t practiced with the team on Tuesday or earlier in the day on Wednesday because of whatever it was, and to keep whatever he has from spreading, he spent the night watching from his campus apartment. Presuming that he can get FS2 there, of course.

Up Next: Marquette will take the rest of the week off before heading down south over the weekend. They’ll be in Athens on Sunday to play Georgia, and that’ll be televised on ESPNU. The Bulldogs are 5-2 on the season after beating decidedly non-Division 1 foe Morehouse on Wednesday night, 86-72.