Rapid Reaction: No. 23 Seton Hall races back to down No. 25 Creighton 90-84

NEWARK, N.J. — Looking dead in the water, Seton Hall plugged their leaks defensively and stormed back from a 12-point second half deficit to take down Creighton 90-84 in a thriller.

Rapid reaction

Seton Hall’s second defense was game-changing. After allowing 53 over the first 20 minutes, they held Creighton to 31 in the second; the Jays were scoreless after a Marcus Foster bucket at the 3:32 mark.

This was the most raucous crowd since…? They didn’t have much to cheer about at first between the choppy start (pair of injuries, monitor review, two unknown stoppages) and matador defense, but endless boos directed at the officials held the fans over before they blew the roof off after Desi Rodriguez scored a go-ahead basket at 77-76; it felt like a game-winner. Credit where it’s due — even the student section looked full and most of them are on break.

How good has the Big East been to start conference play? Between two close games last night (Hoyas-Butler, Marquette-Xavier) and this high-flying affair, the league has advertised themselves very well thus far.