In a showdown of two of college basketball’s most dynamic scorers, Seton Hall star Myles Powell came out on top — with a little help from his teammates.
If it weren’t for the 25 points the Pirates received off the bench and the overall shared responsibility on the floor, Seton Hall wouldn’t have improved to 12-4 overall and 4-0 in the Big East with a 69-55 win over Marquette at Prudential Center on Saturday.
The Golden Eagles’ star point guard, Markus Howard, nearly took the game into his own hands, putting up a game-high 27 points. But he couldn’t pull it off alone, as Seton Hall put forth a complete team effort.
Powell took some time to make an impact on the floor, but his 3-pointer to tie the score at 32-32 with just over three minutes left before halftime after the Pirates had trailed for a majority of the first half certainly made his presence known. From then on, it was hard to ignore him.
But every Pirate that took the floor recorded at least two points, with five recording at least six points. Seton Hall now takes a six-game winning streak into an upcoming two-game road trip against Butler and St. John’s.
Powell finished with a team-high 22 points, shooting 8-of-22 from the field with three steals. He had a rough day from 3-point range, sinking just 2-of-11 from behind the arc. In the end, it was Powell’s defense that was the star of Saturday’s matchup, with the 22-year-old taking three fouls in the second half and winning some rebounds.
Marquette (11-5, 1-3) led by as many as 11 points in the first half, with Howard posting a team-high 18 points before the break. Their seven 3-pointers through the first half were the main source of the Golden Eagles’ offense, which ran into stretches in which they were unable to get a shot off.
It took Powell until 10:41 to record his first points of the game, but once he got into a rhythm, the Pirates were suddenly looking a lot more competitive.
Powell started to hit his stride after his two made free throws at 6:33 pulled Seton Hall within three. The 6-foot-2 point guard finished with 16 points in the first half, putting eight of them up in the final four minutes.
He sunk a momentum-shifting 3-pointer through heavy coverage with 3:19 left before halftime, bringing Seton Hall fans to their feet.