Entering the Big East Tournament firmly on the NCAA Tournament bubble and limping badly after a season ending blowout loss to DePaul, Seton Hall could ill afford to stumble yet again. Not only did the Pirates not stumble, they played as well as they have in weeks in a blowout win over Providence, winning 79-47 and advancing to the second round of the Big East Tournament. Seton Hall, a team that has struggled to score points in several long stretches this season, had five different players score in double figures in the win, led by 16 points from both Brandon Mobley off the bench and Herb Pope.
As a team, the Pirates shot a whopping 56% from the field and were 9 of 19 from three-point range. The win will help their once dicey looking NCAA Tournament resume. Providence's tough first season under Ed Cooley comes to an end, but a big recruiting class should help for next year. Seton Hall, meanwhile, advances to play Louisville in the next round of the Big East Tournament tomorrow night at 7:00 p.m.