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Instant recap: Late run comes up short as Seton Hall falls to Carlino-less Marquette 57-54

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Hosting a Matt Carlino-less Marquette team in a must-win home game for their NCAA chances, Seton Hall was unable to capitalize on a late 16-4 run, falling 57-54. The win snapped Marquette's six-game losing streak and gave them their first win on the road on the season. The defeat is Seton Hall's second-straight that should be categorized as a bad loss.

WIth all on the onus on Seton Hall to come out of the gates firing on all cylinders, it was the visitors that did so instead. Marquette ran out to an early 17-4 lead and held a 14-0 advantage in the paint after scoring 7 of their first 8 baskets inside against a porous Pirates interior defense.

12 of Seton Hall's first 13 points came from the perimeter, but it wasn't due to a lack of effort to score inside. Marquette center Luke Fischer (10 pts, 4 blks) was an intimidating presence in the paint and Marquette collectively altered a handful of shots. Fischer picked up two fouls midway through the half, but power forward Steve Taylor Jr. (14 pts, 6 rebs) and his supporting cast picked up the slack.

Finding themselves in an early 17-4 hole, Seton Hall clawed their way out, but it wasn't pretty. The Hall pieced together a 13-4 run to cut the lead to four late in the half, but Marquette responded with a counter-attacking 8-2 surge of their own. The runs from both teams were riddled with a handful of fouls as Sterling Gibbs (16 pts, 2 asts), Brandon Mobley (6 pts, 5 rebs), and Desi Rodriguez (6 pts, 7 rebs) all picked up three before the break. A lone bright spot, Jaren Sina (12 pts) hit a trio of threes to give his team a fighting chance.

Trailing by 8 at the half, Seton Hall continued their attempts to chip away at Marquette's lead but could get no closer than a few possessions until after the under-four timeout. The Golden Eagles counter-punched through quick transition baskets and looked capable of holding their lead when they built their largest lead of the game at 51-38.

Seton Hall forced a few turnovers in Marquette's backcourt while Sterling Gibbs furiously attacked in the open court off made baskets, setting Seton Hall up with a one-point deficit at 55-54 and the shot clock off. Jaren Sina missed a pair of threes on the Hall's second-to-last possession while freshman Duane Wilson (9 pts) sank a pair of free throws in an one-and-one situation.

On their last possession needing a three, Sterling Gibbs missed his attempt from the wing at the buzzer, sealing the game for Marquette.