Tonight's performance from Seton Hall, for the most part, was everything they hadn't shown during their previous five games.
On the road at Marquette in a venue they've never won at in seven tries since 2006, Seton Hall assisted on 23 of 29 field goals and drilled half of their 26 attempted three-pointers to win 80-70.
Khadeen Carrington (20 pts, 7 rebs, 5 asts) and Jaren Sina (11 pts, 6 asts) paced the Hall early while Sterling Gibbs (24 pts, 10 asts) kicked it into overdrive after the halftime break to fuel a 22-3 game-changing run. Angel Delgado (12 pts, 11 rebs) chipped in with a double-double of his own while Brandon Mobley (13 pts, 9 rebs) was a rebound away from one of his own.
Showing their first signs of offensive efficiency since perhaps St. John's on New Year's Eve, Seton Hall spread the court early in the first half against Marquette's zone to great effect. Jaren Sina had his best half of basketball in over a month, hitting a trio of three-pointers including the game's first points. Sina was complemented by Khadeen Carrington and Sterling Gibbs along the perimeter as they spaced out the floor well and made extra passes, getting everyone involved. As a result, the Hall assisted on 10 of 12 made field goals in the first half and really looked cohesive on the offensive end.
Paced by 16 points from Matt Carlino, Marquette was able to trade blows with the visitors by scoring in transition and getting to the tin in the half court, but the Golden Eagles also missed a handful of wide open three-balls in the first half that allowed the Hall to take a 32-28 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Perhaps learning from Butler's dominating second half run just three days prior, Seton Hall came flying out of the break and channeled a 22-3 run of their own that pushed their lead to 60-36 at the under-12 timeout.
Although he tallied five assists in the first half, it was Sterling Gibbs who emerged on the scene by orchestrating the onslaught. Gibbs scored or assisted on 10 of Seton Hall's 11 baskets coming out of the half including four triples, three of which came 82 seconds of each other.
Despite their commanding 24-point lead, Marquette battled back by turning Seton Hall over through switching to a man-to-man defense and attacking the rim against a defense that looked to relax a bit. The Golden Eagles were able to cut their deficit to 12 three separate times in the final seven minutes following an 11-2 run, but it was Gibbs who answered all three times.
Seton Hall's lead guard splashed an ill-advised step-back three when leading 62-50, found Jaren Sina in the open court after diving on the floor for a loose ball (Sina made his free throws) when the score was 67-55, and found Angel Delgado in the lane two possessions later with the score 69-57. Marquette would not claw any closer until a Juan Anderson three-pointer with seconds remaining in the game.
The performance, especially offensively, was just what Seton Hall needed following four losses in five. Now 14-6 and 4-4 in the conference after splitting games on their two-game road trip, the Pirates travel home tonight to host Xavier (5-4) on Saturday in a game that Isaiah Whitehead looks likely to play in.