NEW YORK - Playing with an NIT berth on the line, it looked like Seton Hall wanted no part of it in a 78-56 drubbing at the hands of Marquette in the first round of the Big East Tournament.
Taking the open shots that Seton Hall gave them, Marquette torched the nets from distance early and often, finishing 13 of 22. Matt Carlino (26 pts, 6 rebs) was a big reason for that showing, drilling 8 of 12 three-pointers while point guard Derrick Wilson ended up with 7 points and 14 assists. For Seton Hall, Isaiah Whitehead scored 12 points and had 5 assists while Angel Delgado was held to 9 points and 7 rebounds.
Similar to the last meeting between Marquette and Seton Hall, the Golden Eagles were able to build a quick 10-2 lead by coming out in a zone that once again the Hall had trouble scoring against. Kevin Willard drew up three scores in the paint coming out of the first media break that sparked a 6-0 run, but the Hall followed up with just one field goal over the next nine minutes of play.
The Golden Eagles used the Seton Hall drought that featured four turnovers to build up a 29-12 lead. After starting 0 for 6 from three, the Pirates drilled two late threes but forward Steve Taylor Jr. banked in Marquettes sixth three-pointer (6-12) of the half at the buzzer to provide a 35-22 advantage and momentum going into the break.
Seton Hall was able to get two early second half baskets including a Haralds Karlis () triple but would then go on a seven-minute field goal drought in which things frankly got out of hand. The Pirates looked like they were trying to play catch up on offense by taking early shots and didn't move the ball laterally, as we've seen over the last few games. They dug themselves a deeper hole after Delgado picked up three fouls in two and a half minutes that relegated him to the bench.
Marquette built a commanding 55-30 lead going into the under-12 media timeout before Seton Hall would score another basket, essentially icing the game with plenty of clock left. This drought had just two Hall turnovers attached to it, but one was costly coming out of a timeout.
Seton Hall's loss drops them to 16-15 (6-12) on the season and will surely leave them on the outside of the NIT looking in. Marquette improves to 13-18 (4-14) and will face top-seeded Villanova tomorrow at noon.