Newark, NJ - A nineteen point second half for Seton Hall. A dominant final twenty minutes for Marquette. As mentioned earlier in the evening, getting out to a good start the first four minutes of the game was paramount for Seton Hall. Same could be said about the first four after intermission.
In the four minutes, seven possessions were used by each club. Marquette went on a 13-4 tear. The efficiency saw the Golden Eagles at 186 to 96 of Seton Hall. For the game 62 possessions were used with Marquette owning a 110-74 edge in offensive efficiency.
The rebounds, a pre-game concern, saw Marquette own a 43-24 edge. In tempo free the offensive rebounding percentage 42-17% in the visitors favor.
The story tonight though, was not about the calculator and tempo free numbers. Granted, they give insight but the issue here is deeper.
The Hall dropped under .500 to 13-14, 2-10 in the Big East. As they close out the last five games coach Kevin Willard is looking to finish on an improved note. How? The injuries will not go away miraculously but the Pirate mentor hopes his club shares the ball better as they did earlier in the season and eliminates turnovers.
Getting the short end f a 25-1 run does not happen because you are running the wrong offense or need to change defenses. It is about stopping the run with toughness and/or fortitude. Willard knows the injuries are a cruel hand he was dealt. Not having your available players respond in a 'tough' manner by playing hard and getting stops is another story.