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A Collection Of Praise For Markus Howard’s 52 Points Against Providence

Because if you don’t jump and down with excitement about a new single game scoring record, what’s the point of having a blog, anyway?

NCAA Basketball: Marquette at Providence Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

On Wednesday night, Markus Howard torched Providence Friars for 52 points on 17-of-29 shooting, including an 11-for-19 mark from three-point range to drag Marquette Golden Eagles kicking and screaming to a 95-90 overtime win.

His 52 points broke the Marquette single game scoring record of 44 originally set in 1958 by Mike Moran and matched in 1990 by Tony Smith. However, that wasn’t the only record that Howard matched or broke on the night.

Howard is now Marquette’s record holder for field goals made in a game with 17 and he matched his own program record for three-pointers in a game with 11, set earlier this season against Chicago State. He just barely missed the Marquette record for field goals attempted in a game, as three different players have recorded 30 in a game, although no one has done it since Tom Flynn in 1965. Howard wasn’t just taking swings at Marquette records. His 52 points match an all-time Big East conference game record, set by Marshon Brooks, who scored his own 52 points against Notre Dame in 2011. The more adept fans amongst you will remember that Brooks played for Providence. Brooks and Howard are the only two players to score 50 points in a Big East game, and somehow, all five games in league history to feature a player scoring 45 or more points have involved the Friars, with PC being the team allowing it three times.

You know what the craziest part is? He only had 10 points at halftime, and had only taken eight shots in 19 minutes. The rest of the way? 42 points in 25 minutes on just 21 shots. Yep.

Let’s go to the full game highlights, so you can get the picture of the insanity....

And now, just a Markus Howard package, so you can boil it down to the essentials.

This brings us to the exciting portion of our show, where we merely point out the variety of national voices paying tribute to Markus Howard posting the highest scoring total by any college basketball player in the country this season.

I feel like we’ve seen someone asking this question already, Sam....

Why yes, that is Philadelphia Eagles running back LeGarrette Blount.