Men’s basketball brief
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One day after dropping out of the Associated Press Top 25 for the first time in over a year, the Golden Eagles steam-rolled the Pirates 89-64 to pick up their second Big East road victory of the season.,”The exhale you heard coming from the New Jersey area Tuesday night was indeed the Marquette men's basketball team letting go of some of its recent frustrations against Seton Hall.
One day after dropping out of the Associated Press Top 25 for the first time in more thana year, the Golden Eagles steam-rolled the Pirates 89-64 to pick up their second Big East road victory of the season. Sophomore forward Lazar Hayward led the way with 23 points and nine rebounds.
Marquette snapped a two-game losing streak in emphatic fashion, holding Seton Hall scoreless for a nine-minute stretch in the first half. Junior guards Wesley Matthews and Jerel McNeal each added 14 points for the Golden Eagles.
Senior center Ousmane Barro and Hayward combined to grab 16 rebounds, and Marquette outrebounded the Pirates by a 43-29 tally.
Hayward, who tied his career high in points, had outscored the entire Seton Hall team 10-8 with 5:58 remaining in the first half. Marquette led 40-22 at halftime.
Trailing by 16 with 12:49 to go in the contest, Seton Hall's Jamar Nutter elbowed junior guard Dominic James in the throat. Nutter was issued a flagrant foul and ejected from the game. James finished the game with nine points, six assists and three steals.
With the win, Marquette (17-6, 7-5 Big East) held on to sixth place in the conference standings and will square off against fifth-placed Pittsburgh at the Bradley Center Friday night.