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The Quick & The Dirty: Seton Hall 69, Marquette 55

The Golden Eagles flush an early lead down the drain faster than they built it and never get back in the game.

NCAA Basketball: Marquette at Seton Hall Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

That was, I believe, not the way that you’d like to see a team follow up a nail biter loss on your home floor.

On Saturday afternoon out in New Jersey, Marquette came out of the locker room ready to attack the day, but ultimately could not maintain that momentum in a 69-55 loss to Seton Hall. Marquette is now 1-3 in Big East play with two straight losses and 11-5 overall.

Things seemed to be going incredibly well for Marquette across the first 10 minutes of the game at The Rock in Newark. Sacar Anim drilled a three with 9:57 to go in the first half, and the Golden Eagles found themselves holding a 24-13 lead. That’s good! The fact that the lead evaporated in less than seven minutes as Myles Powell popped in a three at the 3:19 mark of the half is very bad. The two sides traded a bucket or two the rest of the way, and MU went into the locker room down three, 40-37.

At the start of the second half, Seton Hall built a seven point lead. That’s not what you want to see, but the Golden Eagles answered the bell at that point and ripped off seven straight to knot the game at 45 each with 14:17 to play.

The Golden Eagles would not score again until there was 9:06 left in the game. In the meantime, Seton Hall had scored 11 straight points and thus the score was now 56-48. MU had one last punch in them, as Koby McEwen hit a three to make it a five point game with 6:13 to go, but everything fell all the rest of the way apart from there. Seton Hall scored the next six, and at that point there was less than three minutes left and the Golden Eagles didn’t have anything left to say or do about it.

Someone tell me in the comments what the worst part about this game is:

  • Losing after leading by 11 early
  • Losing by 14 after leading by 11 early
  • Losing by 14 after being tied with 14 minutes left
  • Losing by 14 after trailing by five with six minutes left

I honestly don’t know what part is the worst, but it’s all pretty bad.

Markus Howard led Marquette and all scorers actually with 27 points, but it took him 22 shots to get there. Myles Powell had 23 points to lead Seton Hall, but he had to take 22 shots to get there, too. No one else for Marquette got into double digits on the day, and given the AE Podcast discussion of #2OtherGuys, you can see why this did not go well for the Golden Eagles.

Up Next: On Wednesday, Marquette will be back at Fiserv Forum with Xavier coming into town as the opposition. The Musketeers are also 1-3 in Big East action after losing by 12 to Creighton on Saturday.