Seton Hall’s uncharacteristic barrage in the first eight minutes of the second half was the turning point in Marquette’s fourth straight defeat.
The run began with a 3-pointer by Khadeen Carrington. That three was answered with a Juan Anderson lay up to get Marquette within five, but it was the closest the Golden Eagles would get the rest of the way.
Gibbs got the run started with his first jumper of the half at 18:44, followed by another three by Brandon Mobley 41 seconds to quickly extend the lead to 10 points. After a turnover by Matt Carlino, Mobley clanked another triple, but the long rebound caromed out to Jaren Sina who found Angel Delgado for a jumper that put the Pirates up by 12 with 17:42 in the game.
[Sandy Cohen had 11 pts 3 asst and 2 reb vs Shall in 24 min]
The run continued for another two minutes before Sandy Cohen III ended Marquette’s drought with a free throw. With 15:31 to go, Marquette trailed by 18 and Seton Hall wasn’t even close to being finished.
40 seconds after Cohen’s lone freebie, Gibbs put home a lay up that got the lead out to 20. Gibbs then nailed three consecutive 3-pointers to knock the Golden Eagles out for good.
[Duane Wilson had 9 pts including this dunk but shot only 3-13FGA.]
This was an incredible run by the conference’s seventh-best offense. The Pirates entered the game shooting just 33.9 percent from three, but the team hit six triples in the first 7:09 of the half.
After competing well in their last three losses, the Golden Eagles showed a bit of despondence and let the game get out of hand. The team will look for a win it desperately needs Saturday afternoon against Butler.