Markus Howard returned to action for Marquette this afternoon, scoring 31 points. The Golden Eagles beat DePaul 76-72 in a game that the Blue Demons led for most of the way.
His jumper-- which followed a pair foul shots -- occurred with 82 seconds left to give the Golden Eagles the lead for good. He scored eight of Marquette's last 10 points.
Howard gave Marquette its only lead of the first half at 21-20. He left Wednesday night's double-overtime win against Xavier with 11:15 remaining in regulation when a hit to the face resulted in a bloody nose. Charlie Moore led four Blue Demons in double digits with 21 points.
Howard didn’t take his first shot in the second half until 12:31 remained on the clock — when he missed a 3-pointer from the top of the three point line that would’ve snapped a 50-50 tie.
The Marquette Golden Eagles will battle Butler on February 9 at 11:00 a.m.