NEWARK, N.J. — Despite an off shooting night from the perimeter and from the free throw line, Seton Hall willed their way to a fourth straight victory to start Big East play with a 69-55 win over Marquette.
Myles Powell vs Markus Howard was a tale of two halves. Howard opened with an 11-0 salvo of his own before Powell turned up the heat late in the first half, in what was easily the most entertaining half from the pair in this series. The second half was a bit of a different story with Shavar Reynolds Jr. & Co. shutting down Howard and Marquette while Powell struggled from the perimeter a bit.
It’s tough to pick an x-factor between Shavar Reynolds Jr. and Anthony Nelson. I’m siding with Reynolds due to his all-around play including some great defensive during pivotal runs in both halves, but Nelson wasn’t far behind, assisting or scoring every bucket save one in the game-sealing 11-0 run in the second half.
What’s most impressive about Seton Hall’s win is that they did it despite shooting poorly. Powell is now a pedestrian 8-35 (22%) from beyond the arc since returning from his concussion as the team shot 5-21 from long range and 14-26 from the free throw line and somehow winning comfortably.
It’s starting to become a theme that the “supporting cast” gets post-game accolades. And that bodes very well for Seton Hall’s potential come March and beyond. Romaro Gill (10p, 6r) didn’t register any blocks but cancelled out Theo John, Quincy McKnight had yet another 6+ assist outing and the bench as a whole outscored Marquette’s a whopping 25-7, just to name a few highlights.
Seton Hall will be ranked — potentially in the teens — for Wednesday’s clash with Butler and Hinkle Fieldhouse. Despite a game that might not crack the low 60s, this will be must-watch TV for the Big East and national audiences. Now 4-0 to start league play for just the second time (1992-93), the Pirates will have a huge stage to break that record.
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