Myles Powell lit Seton Hall with 18 points in the second half, and Marquette's big East player Mark Howard narrowly missed a potential 3-pointer on the buzzer to give the pirate a choppy and dirty 81 Enter -79 victory in the semi-finals of the Big East Tournament on Friday night at Madison Square Garden.
After winning a game that featured three scores and 85 free throws, the third-seeded Pirates (20-12) will face Villanova last Saturday night in a rematch of Seton Hall's 2016 title game.
The expected showdown between Howard and Powell, the conference's top scorers, never came to fruition. Howard scored 21
Powell, who scored 29 points in the first half of the year against Georgetown, only managed 4 in the first 20 minutes when Marquette drew 36:33 at halftime. Powell drove in the second round with a 8-0 victory, a pair of 3-pointers and a The Springer, Seton Hall 14:55 minutes the first lead of the game scored (46:44).
Soon after, he received his third foul. This led to complaints from Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard, who received a technician. Marquette hit four free throws to regain the lead.
A few minutes later, Powell was driven to the edge and the officers had to separate the teams at 12:18. There were no punches, but Marquette Sacar Anim and Seton Hall's Sandro Mamukelashvili each received a second technical grade and were ejected, as well as Marquette's Theo John, who had knocked a defenseless player in the air.
Powell also got a technical one and it looked like it had been ejected as he headed for the locker room. Shortly afterwards, he returned to the bank with four fouls.
VILLANOVA 71, XAVIER 67 Phil Booth scored 28 points, Jermaine Samuels hit three decisive 3-points and 25 Villanova came past Xavier overtime to reach the fifth consecutive Big East championship game in a row.
Defending NCAA champions Wildcats (24-9) are trying to become the first team in the 40-year history of the Great East to win three tournaments in a row.
Villanova (24-9) has made up a 7-point deficit in the last three minutes of regulation. Booth and his colleague Eric Paschall each scored 5 points in extra time as the Wildcats held a determined Xavier squad.
Paul Scruggs scored a career high of 28 points and Zach Hankins added 18 in 8 out of 10 shots for the fourth-rate Musketeers (18-15), who had won seven out of eight. Scruggs, a second year guard, also had eleven rebounds and seven assists.