Powell ignites Garden with 31, Pirates defeat Georgetown 73-57Date: March 15, 2019
By Dagen Hughes
Myles Powell stole the show on Thursday night at Madison Square Garden, and led Seton Hall to a 73-57 over the sixth seeded Georgetown in the Big East Tournament quarterfinal.
Early in the game, the Pirates and Hoyas were exchanging buckets, but then Powell and the Hall began to impose their will. The Pirates forced 10 Georgetown turnovers in the first half, and were able to convert 20 points off turnovers in the first frame.
The first half was the Myles Powell show as he netted 29 points, a Big East Tournament record for points in a half, three steals, and three assists. He did a little bit of everything, including outscoring the Hoyas 29-28 in the half, and helped the Hall secure a 25-point lead at the half.
Even Patrick Ewing, a former New York Knick, was impressed with Powell’s performance in the Garden, “He's a very good player. This is the second time he's had a great game -- the third time he's had a good game against us. He got hot in the first half. We did everything. We tried to trap him. It didn't work. He was able to drive away from the trap… He got hot in the first half, and everything he shot, he made.”
The second half was a different story, as Seton Hall shot 7-30 (23.3%) from the field and 0-9 from three-point range. Powell was held to just two second half points. It was the opposite for the Hoyas. Georgetown shot 12-24 (50%) from the field in the second half, after going 9-25 in the first half. James Akinjo, the Big East Freshman of the Year, was the bright spot for Georgetown adding nine points in the second half.
The Pirates were led in scoring by Powell, but Myles Cale did add 14 points and four rebounds. Sandro Mamukelashvili provided the Pirates with another double-double, netting 12 points and grabbing 10 boards. The big stat for the Pirates was points off turnovers, finishing with 22 off of 14 turnovers.
Georgetown was led by James Akinjo, who had 15 points, three assists, and four rebounds. No other Hoya was in double figures, and the highest-scoring offense in the Big East was held to its second-lowest scoring total this season. Jessie Govan, an All-Big East First Team selection, had eight points and seven rebounds for the Hoyas.
The Pirates will be back in action on Friday night in the Big East semifinal against the second seeded Marquette Golden Eagles. The game is set to tip-off at 9 p.m., but times may vary depending on the earlier game. Chris Russo and Chris Famularo will have your pregame and postgame coverage starting 15 minutes before tip. Dagen Hughes and Matt Ambrose will be inside Madison Square Garden bringing you all the action.
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