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Seton Hall Out-Muscles Marquette for Huge Big East Road Win

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Big East conference action started Wednesday with Seton Hall passing an all-important first test.

Now riding a six-game winning streak, Seton Hall demonstrated that it possesses a ton of mettle by going on the road and easily dispatching Marquette, 83-63, on Wednesday.

For Seton Hall, it was paired up with one of the more underrated Big East teams in Marquette, and the game represented a chance for either team to get a leg up in the middle tier of the conference and grab a resume-building win on the road.

Despite Marquette sporting the scary frontline of Henry Ellenson and Luke Fischer, it was Seton Hall that dominated in the paint on this night. The Pirates got double-doubles from Khadeen Carrington (17 points and 10 rebounds) and Angel Delgado (11 points and 11 rebounds) to negate any advantage Marquette may have had going into the game.

Led by Delgado, Seton Hall crushed Marquette on the boards, as the Pirates outrebounded the Golden Eagles, 49-33. Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard did a great job in game planning to slow down Ellenson, as he scored 13 points (14 rebounds) but shot just a putrid 3-14 from the field. Sophomore wing Ismael Sanogo did a key job in harassing Ellenson and making him work for his shots.

“It’s a matchup that worried me for a little bit, but Ish is one of those kids (Ellenson) hasn’t seen,” Seton Hall head coach Kevin Willard said (per Matt Velazquez of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel). “I think Ish did a really good job of making him work early. He (Ellenson) struggled a little bit when he hasn’t been struggling.”

The Pirates also got a lot of balance as all five starters reached double-figures in scoring.

Desi Rodriguez led the Pirates with 19 points (he shot 9-10 from the free throw line), while Isaiah Whitehead and Sanogo chipped in with 16 and 10 points, respectively. Whitehead also contributed seven assists and five rebounds.

The night belonged to Carrington, though.

He was the catalyst in making a close game at the half become a blowout. Besides his 17 points and 10 rebounds, he also added five assists and four steals.

Marquette, on the flip side, was led by Hannif Cheatham’s 17 points.

However, the Golden Eagles couldn’t hit water if they fell out of a boat. Marquette shot a measly 37.5 percent from the field and an atrocious 09.1 percent (1-11) from three-point range. In a game that was basically Seton Hall’s sophomores going up against Marquette’s core of freshmen, it was the more experienced team that won out in the end.

Until Marquette can get consistent production from the perimeter, teams will pack the lane and dare the Golden Eagles to shoot. Fischer shot the ball well in the game, scoring 12 points on 6-11 shooting. However, he did not nearly get enough looks.

“Those guys they have a lot of responsibility and teams game plan to try to take them away,” Marquette head coach Steve Wojciechowski said of Ellenson and Fischer (per Vazquez). “I still thought we had some really good looks at the basket that just didn’t go down.”

Kudos to Seton Hall for preparing a good game plan and executing it to a T.

Again, this was a great litmus test and the Pirates aced it. Seton Hall will next host DePaul on Saturday in the Big East tip-off marathon. Meanwhile, Marquette travels to D.C. to play Georgetown on Saturday.

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