Seton Hall overcomes slow start to knock out Marquette 82-76 in Big East quarters

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NEW YORK — Marquette wasn’t able to take advantage of early Seton Hall engine trouble as the Pirates used a 17-2 second half run to hand the Golden Eagles an 82-76 loss to start their Big East title defense.

Playing in his first Big East tournament game in front of top-rated recruit and friend Trevon Duval — who was present — Myles Powell scored 17 while Angel Delgado (12 pts, 16 rebs, 9 asts) came ever so close to a historic triple-double. Andrew Rowsey (23 pts) led Marquette and had the better of Khadeen Carrington (19 pts) for most of the day.

Seton Hall got off to a slow start that quite frankly reminded me of their crash-and-burn attempt against Marquette in 2015.

Three early turnovers and Marquette blocks allowed them to get out on the front foot via a higher-tempo game that suits their style.

Fortunately for Seton Hall, the Golden Eagles missed a barrage of golden opportunities in the first half by scoring just two points off the Hall’s turnovers and converting on just 5 of the 14 really good looks they created from the perimeter.

After trailing 23-17, the Pirates scratched back in their typical ugly fashion and took their first lead at 31-30 since the first bucket of the game following double technicals on leading scorers at the time Rowsey and Powell for shoving during a non-serious scrum at mi-dcourt.

Seton Hall then secured a strong finish to the half by not turning it over for the final four minutes and ending with an Angel Delgado bucket in the paint.

Tied at 35 coming out of the locker room, the game was waiting for its first significant run after a back-and-forth, even first half.

Seton Hall was the first to provide one, and it completely changed the game.

After giving up an open three that put Marquette up 42-39 with 16 to play, the Pirates scored 12 unanswered amidst Luke Fischer (7 pts, 6 rebs) appearing to re-injure his left shoulder on a foul from Rashed Anthony.

Seton Hall was able to extend the run to 17-2 and led 56-44 after the dust settled, firmly in control all the while Delgado was calmly inching toward just the second triple-double in Big East Tournament and Seton Hall history.

Marquette was able to disrupt Seton Hall’s offense down the stretch but they were unable to string anything together themselves and failed to get closer than 9 until a barrage of too-little-too-late threes during the closing minute.

  • PadrePirate

    Great W. Solid defensive performance vs a potent offense. Nice to hear Sha’s defense and praise of KW post-game. Hope Trevon is enjoying his visit! An upset tomorrow over Nova would ice it. How could you not want to play with these juniors, in the best conf of D1, at the Rock/Garden next year? That or go to Kansas, Baylor, Duke to be a face in the crowd, Grayson Allen’s backup, yawn…

    • Hallbuster

      What did sha say?

  • Andrew Herbst

    What a great win today! So proud of this team. Our d was outstanding. I hope Duvall was taking notes. Can’t wait for tomorrow night. We’ve showed that we can beat Nova in BE Tourney. GO PIRATES

  • SHU95

    Very nice showing today, particularly from about he under 8 of the first half on… nice balanced attack on offense, the defense that got better as the game wore on. Glad to see the TD attended our game and not the Duke game over in Brooklyn! Hopefully he is having a positive experience on his visit and the staff, players & fans have given him something to think about. Villanova should be fun tomorrow! Go Pirates!!!

  • Hallbuster

    How about we shot 96pct ft pctg. Hello!!

    • Larry Karg

      How crazy was that! Who are these guys?

  • Joe J

    The good – the Pirates won today
    The bad – Villanova up next
    The ugly – if they lose to Nova the hall will be playing in the 8-9 game next week

    Need to beat nova to move up to a 7 seed. We will see what happens

    • Hallbuster

      Beat them last year here after losing both regular season games. All the pressure on nova not us

      • Joe J

        I hope you guys are right but we were not even competitive vs nova in both games this year. IW carried the team to that win last year. We will need a similiar type performance from someone tomorrow

    • Joe Schmoe

      The last time two times shu faced nova in the BET we beat them.why would tomorrow be any different? Shu is hot and playing great basketball.

  • Matty P

    Nice to get a win today and move on to Nova tomorrow. Glad to see they didn’t need Sanogo to play major minutes and the great balance on the offensive side with having 5 guys in double digits and Nzei almost getting there with 8. Hope that the defensive end tightens up a little bit tomorrow because Marquette had a lot of open 3 point shots and if they give those same looks to Nova tomorrow it won’t be a pretty result.

  • WilponsStinkLessNow

    So Marquette went 0-4 in the Garden this season. Nice.

  • Matty P

    Enjoyed this quote from Delgado: “I told Coach, put me back in,” Delgado said with a smile. “He was like, nah, you might get hurt. I was, like, all right, I’m just staying here then.”

  • LBP

    All of us should be extremely proud of this Team–they are a lot tougher than last year and have done more than any of us anticipated– only problem left is that I thinkNova is even better than last year. But we will see