Marquette's Matt Carlino (13) reacts after making a three point basket during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Seton Hall in the first round of the Big East Conference tournament, Wednesday, March 11, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/
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March 11, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) Matt Carlino matched his best game from beyond the 3-point line and he was quick to credit point guard Derrick Wilson who had a career-high 14 assists.

''Derrick really finds guys with the ball. Guys who set screens. Guys who get open.''

Carlino had all but two of his 26 points on 3-pointers as ninth-seeded Marquette had its best game of the season from beyond the arc in a 78-56 victory over eighth-seeded Seton Hall on Wednesday night in the opening round of the Big East tournament.

''I think collectively, as a team, it just really clicked for us tonight,'' Carlino added. ''Derrick's really good at finding the open man and making the smart decision.''

Carlino was 8 for 12 from 3-point range as the Golden Eagles (13-18) finished 13 for 22, just the second time this season they shot better than 50 percent from long range.

Marquette faces top-seeded and fourth-ranked Villanova in the quarterfinals on Thursday.

''I think Villanova is capable of winning a national championship,'' said Marquette first-year coach Steve Wojciechowski. ''Obviously they're extremely well coached and they have some outstanding players. That's why you play the games. I think our guys will be ready.''

Luke Fischer had 14 points and Duane Wilson added 13 for Marquette, which was 13 of 25 (52 percent) from 3-point range in a 95-85 overtime loss to Georgetown on Jan. 24.

Derrick Wilson had seven points for Marquette, which led 35-22 at halftime and went up by as many as 27 points in the second half. Marquette had lost six of its last seven and it snapped a four-game losing streak in the Big East tournament.

''The tournament play allows you the opportunity to start fresh. Regardless of what's happened in the regular season, whether you've had a great season or whether you've had a season with some bumps in it,'' Wojciechowski said. ''I think that's how we approached it and our guys were terrific today.''

Carlino's only 2-point field goal was a jumper with 4:53 left that gave the Golden Eagles a 70-46 lead and it came on an assist by Wilson.

Isaiah Whitehead had 12 points for Seton Hall (16-15), which has lost nine of 10. The Pirates were ranked as high as 19th this season but went 4-12 after that point.

''They do a good job of running Carlino off screens and he just played a hell of a game,'' Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard said. ''I've just got to give him a lot of credit. He came off screens. He hit some tough shots.''

Marquette came into the game shooting 33.6 percent from 3-point range, ninth in the 10-team conference.

Seton Hall finished 5 of 21 from 3-point range.

Willard was proud of his young team even with the rough finish.

''It's a tough way to end the year but I can't say enough about those guys,'' he said. ''The amount of freshmen that played and the kind of stuff they had to go through, very proud of them.''

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TIP-INS:

Marquette: Steve Taylor Jr. banked in a 3 at the halftime buzzer to end Seton Hall's 8-0 run and give the Golden Eagles a 35-22 lead. ... Marquette's biggest win the Big East tournament was a 74-45 victory over St. John's in 2009.

Seton Hall: The Pirates missed their first six 3-point attempts, then made two in the late 8-0 run. ... The Pirates' worst loss in the Big East tournament was a 75-48 decision against Boston College in 2001.

INJURIES:

Marquette: Duane Wilson hit his face against the scorer's table diving for a loose ball with 10:54 to play. He was taken to the locker room but returned to play.

Seton Hall: Brandon Mobley appeared to re-aggravate a knee injury late in the first half and was limited to six minutes in the second half.

UP NEXT:

Marquette: Top-seeded and fourth-ranked Villanova in quarterfinals on Thursday.

Seton Hall: Hoping for an outside chance at an NIT bid.

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