MILWAUKEE — Markus Howard scored 32 points with six rebounds and four assists and Marquette beat St. John’s 82-68 on Tuesday night.
Howard moved into sixth place on the Big East’s all-time scoring list with 1,292 points. He surpassed Chris Mullin of St. John’s (1,290) and Villanova’s Kerry Kittles (1,288).
The Red Storm (12-7, 1-5), who trailed 37-31 at halftime, reduced their deficit to 42-38 after Rasheem Dunn’s layup with 18:12 left. But Marquette went on a 17-7 run in the next 5 ¹/₂ minutes to push the lead to 14. St. John’s managed to get within 62-60 with 8:08 left but never got closer.
Mustapha Heron led St. John’s with 18 points, LJ Figueroa had 13 and Dunn 12.
Sacar Anim scored 21 points and Koby McEwen 10 with nine rebounds for the Golden Eagles (13-5, 3-3).
Eighteen seconds into the second half, Howard, who went 12-for-13 from the free-throw line, sank five straight free throws following a foul call and a technical on the Johnnies’ Nick Rutherford.