Myles Powell scored 28 points, Sandro Mamukelashvili added 26 points and nine rebounds, and No. 13 Seton Hall held on for an 88-79 win over host Marquette in a Big East showdown Saturday in Milwaukee.
Jared Rhoden contributed nine points off the bench for Seton Hall (21-7, 13-3), which won its third game in a row. Quincy McKnight led the Pirates with eight assists to go along with five points.
Markus Howard scored a game-high 37 points for Marquette (18-10, 8-8). Sacar Anim finished with 13 points, while reserve Theo John contributed eight points and 10 rebounds.
Seton Hall completed a 2-0 sweep against Marquette in conference play. The Pirates won the first matchup 69-55 on Jan. 11.
Marquette trailed by double digits for much of the game but trimmed the deficit to 84-79 with 34 seconds left on a 3-pointer by Anim. That punctuated an 11-0 run during which Anim had eight points.
Seton Hall regrouped after a timeout with a pair of free throws from Shavar Reynolds and a dunk from Mamukelashvili.
The Pirates’ lead had ballooned to 24 points on a 3-pointer by Powell that made it 74-50 with 11:02 to go.
The Golden Eagles responded with a 10-0 run to pull within 74-60 with 8:40 left. Powell buried a 3-pointer on Seton Hall’s next possession to stretch the lead back to 17.
Marquette’s hopes for a second-half comeback diminished as Seton Hall stormed out of the break with a 7-0 run. Romaro Gill had back-to-back dunks and Powell made three free throws to make it 51-35 with 17:50 remaining.
Seton Hall established a 44-35 lead at the half.
The Pirates jumped to a 20-10 lead in the first seven minutes. Powell made a pair of 3-pointers during the early surge, and Rhoden drained a 3-pointer to finish the run.
Marquette pulled within five points on a layup by Greg Elliott that trimmed the deficit to 36-31 with 3:08 to go in the first half. Elliott’s basket ended an 11-4 run for the Golden Eagles.
Seton Hall closed the first half on an 8-4 run to regain a double-digit advantage.
—Field Level Media