A big night from senior forward Jamil Wilson helped Marquette capture their sixth Big East victory as the Golden Eagles beat Seton Hall 77-66 Tuesday night.
Wilson has had his ups and downs over the course of the season, but he came up big tonight for Marquette (14-10, 6-5 Big East) as he scored a game-high 25 points on 8-14 shooting, 5-7 from three, and added 10 rebounds.
A big story line heading into the game was the three point shooting ability of Seton Hall (13-11, 4-7 Big East), and it proved to be key as Brian Oliver shot 5-7 from deep and led Seton Hall with 15 points. The Pirates shot 10-21 from behind the arc and the deep ball allowed them to climb back into the game after a rough start early on in the first half.
Marquette jumped out to an early lead and led by as much as 12 with eight minutes remaining in the first half. However, MU really struggled with turnovers, and the Pirates ended the half on a 17-8 run to close the gap to 34-33 at the break.
Jamil was quiet early on in the second half, but a couple big shots coupled with Davonte Gardner's ability to get to the line allowed the Golden Eagles to stretch their lead.
Gardner added 16 points, 11 from the charity stripe, and 6 rebounds as the big man continues to dominate the paint.
Todd Mayo, who has been stepping up as of late, shot 1-6 from the field, but was able to get to the line 10 times to contribute offensively.
Marquette only shot 42% from the field, but out-rebounded Seton Hall 12-3 on the offensive glass and allowed numerous second chance opportunities that eventually derailed the Pirates.
Marquette has now won back-to-back games for the first time since mid-December, and will now return home for a pair of home games against two of the best teams in the Big East. More importantly for the Golden Eagles, they get a chance to get two high quality, tournament résumé building wins in their home arena, starting with a matchup with Xavier on Saturday in Milwaukee.