Marquette continues to compete in conference...at least for the first half
The most the Golden Eagles have trailed by at half in conference games this season is six points. Tonight was no different. Seton Hall jumped out to a quick 8-2 lead in the first three minutes, but Marquette promptly responded by taking a 9-8 lead. It went back and forth, remaining a one-possession game all the way up to the final three minutes of the half. Seton Hall extended its lead to 30-25, before entering the half 32-28. The second half was a different story. Seton Hall started the half on a 17-2 run, extending its lead to 19. The Pirates never looked back, coasting to a 80-70 victory.
Luke Fischer has disappeared
Where did Fischer go? He started his Marquette career off so promising with 41 combined points in his first two games. In five of his first seven games he scored double figures. Now he has failed to hit that mark in each of his past five games. Tonight he played just 22 minutes, tied for his second fewest of the season. Marquette is just 2-5 in games where Fischer recorded single-digit scoring. They are 4-1 in games where he scored double-digits. Fischer needs to get back on track if Marquette wants to end its four game slide.
Seton Hall...who needs a bench?
The Pirates displayed picture-perfect team chemistry versus Marquette tonight. Sterling Gibbs led the way with 10 assists, along with teammates Jaren Sina and Khadeen Carrington who each had six and five assists respectively. The team racked up 23 assists, three shy of Marquette's 26, but shot 50 percent both from the field and from three. Gibbs led the way in that department as well, shooting 6-of-12 from three and accumulating 24 points. Each starter scored double-digit points, while the bench did not record a single point. The bench combined for 54 points in Seton Hall's previous three games, all for losses. Maybe for Seton Hall less really is more.