Seton Hall Wears Down Marquette to Advance to BIG EAST SemifinalsDate: March 9, 2017
By John Pirsos
NEW YORK -- The Seton Hall Pirates reached Big East Tournament semifinals for the second straight year, beating Marquette 82-76 in the quarterfinal round on Thursday afternoon. The win gives the Pirates their 21st victory of the season.
Angel Delgado was the big story in this one, finishing with 12 points, 16 rebounds (half of which were offensive), and 9 assists. It was the big man’s 26th double-double of the season, which leads the country. Had Delgado recorded one more assist, he would have been the first Pirate to record a triple-double since Eddie Griffin in 2000.
“Where he's improved dramatically is his mental approach to the offensive game,” head coach Kevin Willard said after the game. “He always works hard on his offense, works hard on his 15‐footer, puts the time into his post moves.”
The Pirates won the rebounding battle 41-30 and also outscored the Golden Eagles 40-12 inside the paint.
Myles Powell also played a huge part in the victory. In his Big East Tournament debut, the freshman racked up 17 points on 3-6 shooting from downtown and 4 rebounds.
“We were 10‐2 in non‐conference. And he was averaging almost 15 points a game,” said Willard. “And he's a guy that we've continued to need. And he went through a little tough stretch at the end of February. But he's played this way all year long.”
With the score being tied at 35 at halftime, the Pirates came out strong offensively. With Marquette leading 42-39 early in the second half, the Hall responded with a 17-2 run and they would not look back.
The Pirates shot 44.3 percent from the field and an incredible 22-23 from the foul line as a team.
Playing the Wildcats certainly is tough. And Willard knows it, saying, “it's like waking up on Christmas. You're all excited, you go down, you open up the present and you've got a bunch of coal.”
In two meetings this year, the Wildcats have defeated the Pirates by an average of 26 points. But Delgado isn't too worried, saying “we don't have anything to prove. We're just coming tomorrow and just playing ball.” The nation's leader in rebounding would go on to say, “they're a really good basketball team. Tomorrow is going to be a good team and I expect us to win.”
A rematch of last year's Big East finals from Madison Square Garden is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. and you can catch all of the action starting at 6:00 p.m. on 89.5 FM WSOU, wsou.net, and on the iHeartradio app.