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.
Incredible performance on @CBSSportsNet. Marquette won at Providence in OT. And Markus Howard finished with 52 points. No Marquette player had ever scored that many points in a game before tonight.— Gary Parrish (@GaryParrishCBS) January 4, 2018
Uh, damn. Breakout performance for perhaps the most improved player in college basketball. Howard’s 52 eclipses Trae Young’s 43 as a season-high in college hoops. (Young playing now vs. Oklahoma State, BTW.) https://t.co/S1ZVBFQ8ow— Matt Norlander (@MattNorlander) January 4, 2018
Is 45 points on 29 shooting possessions good? Asking for a friend.— Sam Vecenie (@Sam_Vecenie) January 4, 2018
(My friend is Markus Howard. And I’ve never met him, but would like to be his friend if he keeps shooting like this.)
Kinda think we should talk more about Markus Howard as an NBA prospect. Will again remind you: he’s six months younger than Trae Young.— Sam Vecenie (@Sam_Vecenie) January 4, 2018
I feel like we’ve seen someone asking this question already, Sam....
Sam Hauser just hit a three to put Marquette up five in OT, but it was waved off because it was not points from Markus Howard*— Brian Hamilton (@_Brian_Hamilton) January 4, 2018
*it was not actually waved off because of this
Wade— Stephen Watson (@WISN_Watson) January 4, 2018
(to name a few)
None of them ever put together the performance that @markushoward11 just did for @marquettembb. 52 points. What an effort. #mubb
Will never forget this night as long as I live. Markus Howard with the best individual performance I've ever seen in person. 52. Marquette beats PC in OT.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) January 4, 2018
They can’t stop him!! LETS GOOO MAN!!!! @markushoward11— LeGarrette Blount (@LG_Blount) January 4, 2018
Why yes, that is Philadelphia Eagles running back LeGarrette Blount.
Marquette’s Markus Howard with 52 points in an OT win over Providence. Howard made 11 three-point field goals. Big time.— Jay Bilas (@JayBilas) January 4, 2018
FINAL: Markus Howard 52, Rutgers 51. https://t.co/oPa6ivix9r— Jason Guerette (@JPGuerette) January 4, 2018
FIFTY. TWO. POINTS.— SB Nation (@SBNation) January 4, 2018
There was no stopping Markus Howard tonight! pic.twitter.com/gVXOe1tTLU
So...— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) January 4, 2018
Marquette's Markus Howard just did this pic.twitter.com/V76O1cectd
Marquette's Markus Howard is one of college basketball's special scorers.— SB Nation CBB (@SBNationCBB) January 4, 2018
He just dropped 52 points on Providence: https://t.co/pWKE1BGZHi
Let's see...— Daly Dose Of Hoops (@DalyDoseOfHoops) January 4, 2018
Markus Howard goes for 52? Check.
Outscores a B1G team? Check.
Buzz getting run out at home by UVA? Check.
Everything's coming up Milhouse for Marquette. #mubb
Markus Howard had 52. Closest thing to Dana Barros I’ve seen— Doug Gottlieb (@GottliebShow) January 4, 2018
Markus Howard was ON ONE tonight pic.twitter.com/RdowWeDlSh— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 4, 2018
I saw Markus Howard get 52 against Providence tonight. First 50 pt. college game I ever saw. Sports are fun. #mubb— Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) January 4, 2018