Hot shooting Marquette beats Hall

It was like old times at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night for the Marquette Golden Eagles. Shots were falling. Turnovers were being forced. And dunks were being thrown down. Led by 70 percent shooting from behind the arc, the Golden Eagles dismantled the Seton Hall Pirates for their first win of the 2015 Big East Tournament.

The game began with an impressive 6-0 run on back-to-back treys courtesy of Duane Wilson and Matt Carlino. Wojo’s squad would push the lead to eight by the 16-minute mark.

From that point on, Seton Hall began to claw their way back into the contest to make it 10-8.

Derrick Wilson would put a stop to the nearly six minute scoring drought on a drive to the lane. Wilson’s shot was shot would go down, despite the foul. The senior would convert the and-one opportunity to make it a 13-8 contest at the 10-minute mark.

The next few possessions would be the Luke Fischer show, as the Germantown native established authority down low. The center would score the next four points for the team to give Marquette a 17-10 advantage.

Carlino would hit from long range on the very next offensive possession to make it a 10-point game with 8:21 to go in the first half.

Two minutes later, Carlino would dial it up from long range once again to give Marquette a 13-point lead.

Seton Hall would get themselves back into the contest over the last few minutes of the half. With just under 30 seconds to play, Sterling Gibbs hit a three to make it a 10-point game.

Marquette would hold for the last shot, which found its way to Steve Taylor Jr., who would pull up from the top of the arc and drain a three at the buzzer.

Marquette would go to the half with a 35-22 lead.

Whatever momentum Seton Hall had before the Taylor buzzer-beater was gone when the teams began the second half.

Marquette started the final stanza scoring five unanswered to bring the lead to 18. At the under 16 timeout, the Golden Eagles held a 43-27 advantage.

Marquette stayed hot out of the timeout as Duane Wilson nailed the triple. A possession later, Fischer would get three the old fashion way to give MU a 21-point lead.

It wasn’t all positive for the Golden Eagles on the evening. With Marquette pressing as the Pirates bring the ball up the court. Duane Wilson had the opportunity to make a steal on some sloppy ball handling. As the guard darted across the court to get the loose ball, he collided headed on with the scorer’s table. Wilson left the game, but did return. He would finish the game with 13 points.

Meanwhile the Golden Eagles scoring machine continued to roll, as Matt Carlino could not miss. With just under nine minutes to play the guard hit another three on one possession, and then turned around and forced a steal on the defensive end to extend the score line to 63-38. Carlino would finish the night with 26 points, six rebounds, and two assists.

Down the stretch there was no question that this one was all but decided. With less than two minutes to go, the Marquette band and students section started chanting “We Want The Twins” referring to walk-ons Michael and Matthew Mache. At the 1:31 mark the fans got their wish, as the Mache’s logged their first minutes of the night.

As the clock hit zero, the victory became official as the Marquette Golden Eagles defeated the Seton Hall Pirates by a score of 78-56.

The win marks the Golden Eagles first win at the Big East Tournament since 2011.

Marquette faces the fourth ranked Villanova Wildcats on Thursday at Madison Square Garden. Tipoff is set for 11 A.M. CT.


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