NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Myles Powell scored 34 points and Seton Hall beat No. 16 Marquette 73-64 on Wednesday night, closing with an 18-0 run to revive its NCAA Tournament hopes.
Powell had 10 straight points in the run, tying it at 64 with 2:55 to play and hitting the go-ahead 3-pointer with 2:28 left. Seton Hall (17-12, 8-9 Big East) snapped a three-game losing streak and handed Marquette (23-7, 12-5) its third straight loss.
Michael Nzei hit four free throws in the final minute and Jared Rhoden added two.
Sam Hauser led Marquette with 25 points, but the big thing was the Pirates’ defense on conference scoring leader Markus Howard. He came in averaging almost 26 points in league action and was limited to six on 2-of-11 shooting.
Seton Hall trailed 59-46 after Hauser hit a shot midway through the half, but the Pirates closed with a 27-5 run, holding Marquette without a point for the final 4:40.
Despite committing 14 turnovers and getting only three points from Howard, the Golden Eagles led 37-31 at the half, thanks in large part to Hauser. He scored 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting and grabbed seven boards, helping Marquette hold a 27-13 edge.
The Pirates’ problem in the half was Nzei picked up two early fouls with the second coming on a double technical when he and Theo John faced off after a basket.
Marquette: The Golden Eagles need Seton Hall to visiting Villanova on Saturday and win their game against Georgetown to share the regular-season conference title.
Seton Hall: The Pirates need another win or two to get in the tournament.
Marquette: Close regular season at home against Georgetown on Saturday
Seton Hall: Close regular season at home against No. 23 Villanova