Life on the road can be rough.
Instead of the Pirates improving to 4-0 in Big East play for just the second time in school history, Marquette led nearly wire-to-wire and picked up a big victory, 84-64.
Andrew Rowsey was excellent for the Golden Eagles, leading the way with 31 points, including the first 11 of the night for Marquette. As everyone else was looking to ease in, Rowsey took the bull by the horns and got the party started.
After Markus Howard’s 89 points in two games last week, Rowsey may have started slipping under the radar in terms of Marquette scorers. He won’t be, anymore.
Speaking of Howard, he finished the night with just 12 points, a far cry from his season average of 23. Marquette didn’t mind, though. Sam Hauser tacked on 14, and Matt Heldt and Greg Elliott each had nine. As the season keeps rolling, Marquette will need to start getting more and more from the non-Rowsey and Howard portion of their team, so this was an excellent start.
On the other end, Angel Delgado got a double-double, but was relatively quiet with 12 points and 10 rebounds. A bit surprising after his career-high 29 points against Butler. Seton Hall leading scorer Desi Rodriguez had 11 points on 5-15 shooting and Ish Sanogo led the way with 14. As noted, the Pirates were playing from behind for most of the night, and it looked like they had issues getting comfortable in the offense. Marquette generally isn’t known for its defense, but they clamped down and had their best effort of conference play when they needed it most.
Interestingly, both teams shot 44% from the field, but Marquette made seven more threes and went 13-13 from the free throw line. They also turned 12 Seton Hall turnovers into 18 points.
The Golden Eagles improve to 12-5, 3-2 in Big East play. They’ll head to Indianapolis to face Butler on Friday evening. Seton Hall falls to 14-3, 3-1, as the Big East won’t have an undefeated team this year. The Pirates return to New Jersey to host Georgetown Saturday evening.