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.