Marquette and Seton Hall met in the opening game of the 2015 Big East Tournament. Unfortunately for Seton Hall, it was never really a game, as the Golden Eagles rolled to a 78-56 win to advance to a quarterfinal matchup with Villanova on Thursday.
Marquette jumped on Seton Hall early, to the tune of an 8-0 lead. The Hall gathered themselves, briefly, pulling within 10-8. But the Golden Eagles took full control by the 8:21 mark in the first half when Matt Carlino banked in a three-pointer from the right wing.
It was not competitive after that.
Marquette took a 35-22 lead into the break after another bank three-pointer, this time by Steve Taylor Jr. at the buzzer.
The second half looked much like the first.
By the 12:52 mark, Marquette had built a 53-30 lead, thanks to Luke Fischer controlling the paint on both ends and Carlino continuing to rain threes. Coach Steve Wojciechowski’s squad coasted the rest of the way, shooting 57% from the floor, including 13-22 from three-point range.
“That was about as well as we can play.” Wojciechowski stated. “We had everybody play well at once and that certainly helps.”
Carlino led the Golden Eagles with 26 points, while Isaiah Whitehead led Seton Hall with 12 points.
In the nightcap, DePaul and Creighton faced off for the right to play Georgetown Thursday night.
Creighton shot 54% from the field in the second half and pulled away from DePaul for a 78-63 victory. James Milliken led the Bluejays with 22 points, 15 coming in the first half.
The opening half was as even as could be. Both teams shot 12-28 from the field and were tied in the waning seconds of the half, before Austin Chatman found Geoffrey Groselle on a beautiful drive and dish to give Creighton a 35-33 lead at the break.
Jamee Crocket paced DePaul with 15 points.
Georgetown is up next for Creighton (7PM Thursday, Fox Sports1).
Georgetown handled Creighton easily in both of their previous meetings this season, but coach Greg McDermott seems undeterred.
“If there is one team we’d want to play again it would be them, just because we played so poorly the two times we played against them.”
We’ll see if the third time is a charm for the Bluejays.