NCAAB Game Recap - Seton Hall at Xavier
Wed Jan 8, 2020 8:30 PM EST

Duke
73
GaTec
64
F
Kansas
79
IaSt
53
F
Vand
79
Aub
83
F
SDSU
72
Wyo
52
F
FlaSt
78
Wake
68
F
Hamp
73
USC-Up
83
F
Campbl
64
UNCA
62
F
StJon
66
GTown
87
F
Tuls
44
Cin
75
F
Pitt
73
UNC
65
F
ND
68
NCSU
73
F
Brad
72
Evans
52
F
MisSt
69
Alab
90
F
Hartfo
80
UMassL
68
F
UMBC
75
Bingha
79
F
Winth
79
HiPt
57
F
Radf
67
GWebb
64
F
WCU
97
VMI
85
F
Stony
81
Vermt
77
F
Furm
73
Chat
66
F
Duques
78
StJos
60
F
David
58
URI
69
F
Maine
51
UNH
57
F
ETSU
64
UNCG
57
F
LaSal
69
UMass
77
F
HolyC
64
Lafy
82
F
NW
62
Ind
66
F
StBon
61
GMas
49
F
Maris
70
Fairf
58
F
LoyMD
70
Colg
92
F
Navy
60
Buck
56
F
Leh
67
Boston
84
F
Amer
68
Army
60
F
TXAMC
73
SFA
72
F
Woff
67
Samf
62
F
SeLA
62
SamH
67
F
Longw
74
ChaSo
56
F
UCF
74
SMU
81
F
NWSt
72
InWor
66
F
NebOm
66
N DA
62
F
IPFW
77
W IL
69
F
GrgWas
58
StLou
63
F
CenAR
78
NOrl
86
F
Nich
61
Lamar
52
F
McNee
88
AbCh
84
F
Seton
83
Xav
71
F
Tul
61
UConn
67
F
SDSt
80
Denv
68
F
UNLV
66
Bois
73
F
Ill
71
Wisc
70
F
Okla
72
Tex
62
F
Ark
77
LSU
79
F
UCSB
63
CAPoly
45
F
CBap
83
CSBak
75
F
Nev
68
SJSU
70
F
LongB
77
CSNor
95
F

Jan 8, 2020, 8:30 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Seton Hall (11-4)

40

43

83

Xavier (12-4)

32

39

71

Powell scores 24, surging Seton Hall beats Xavier 83-71
Wed Jan 8, 2020 11:50 PM

CINCINNATI (AP) With its best player back from a concussion, Seton Hall is on its best surge of the season, all the way to the top of the Big East.

Myles Powell scored 24 points Wednesday night, and Seton Hall remained undefeated in the league play by beating Xavier 83-71, ending the Musketeers' streak of 13 straight home wins.

The Pirates (11-4, 3-0) won their fifth in a row and joined Providence atop the league at 3-0. Two of the Pirates' wins have come on the road.

Powell helped the Pirates pull ahead by 14 points in the first half and hold on. In his third game back from a concussion, Powell went 10 of 21 from the field and added a team-high nine rebounds.

"It may sound crazy but that concussion could have been the best thing that happened to us," Powell said. "Everybody put their big boy pants on and picked us up."

The Musketeers (12-4, 1-2) simply couldn't contain him.

"I think all the buckets he scored were tough buckets," said Xavier's Tyrique Jones. "I think we did a good job defending him. We didn't give him anything easy."

Xavier couldn't get anything consistently on offense with Seton Hall's big front line misdirecting shots. Leading scorer Naji Marshall was limited to a pair of free throws in the first half as Seton Hall took control, and he finished 3 of 10 from the field.

Jones led Xavier with 19 points and nine rebounds. Paul Scruggs added 17 points.

In his last three games, Powell has scored 66 points while leading the Pirates on their surge. They're 3-0 in league play for the fourth time in their history. For the first time in 20 years, they've won their first two league games on the road.

"Road wins in this league are huge," Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard said. "As even as we all are, they are hard to come by."

Powell hit a 3-pointer, a fadeway jumper and a pair of layups during a 21-5 run that put the Pirates in control 30-17. The Musketeers missed seven consecutive shots and had five turnovers during the spurt.

"We got exposed tonight against Seton Hall," Xavier coach Travis Steele said. "We had nine turnovers in the first half. We've got to get that cleaned up ASAP. I told our guys the margin for error in this league is very, very, very thin and we've got to take care of every possession."

The Pirates led 40-32 at halftime, the most points Xavier has allowed in an opening half this season. Seton Hall's pair of 7-foot-2 centers took away Xavier's drives to the basket - Ike Obiagu blocked three shots and Romaro Gill finished with five blocks.

Marshall made a 3 for his first basket, cutting the lead to 51-45, but Powell scored off a pair of drives to the basket as Seton Hall stretched the lead to 16 points midway through the second half.

Powell played nearly 36 minutes, his most time on the court in this three games back.

"I think Myles is about 80% right now," Willard said. "As he gets back in shape and gets over the concussion, you're going to see a guy that will elevate his game even more."

Xavier made a late surge. Marshall made three free throws, and Quinten Goodin had a dunk off a turnover that cut the lead to 75-71 with 1:55 left. Gill had a dunk, a steal, a pair of free throws and a block as Seton Hall closed it out.

BIG PICTURE

Seton Hall: The Pirates were on the cusp of the Top 25 to start the week and embellished their credentials with a second straight win on Xavier's court. They also won at the Cintas Center last season, 80-70.

Xavier: The Musketeers fell to 1-1 in a streak of three straight Big East home games, which provided a chance to get an early edge in the league race.

PIRATES KEEP ROLLING

Seton Hall came in leading the Big East in scoring at 76 points per game and field goal percentage at 46.2. The Pirates' 83 points were the most allowed by Xavier this season, and they shot 53.4% from the field, hitting 15 of 25 in the second half.

MARSHALL'S MARK

Marshall finished with 15 points, putting him over 1,000 for his career. The junior forward has 1,003 points.

UP NEXT

Seton Hall hosts Marquette on Saturday.

Xavier hosts Creighton on Saturday.

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Leaders

Seton Hall PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
A. Nelson 0 0 4 2 0 0
M. Powell 24 0 4 9 1 0
Xavier PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
D. James 0 0 0 0 0 0
B. Moore 0 0 0 1 0 0

Team Comparison

Seton Xav
Points For 83 71
Field Goals 31/58-53% 24/54-44%
Three Pointers 6/18-33% 8/18-44%
Free Throws 15/19-79% 15/18-83%
Offensive Rebounds 10 6
Defensive Rebounds 25 19
Rebounds 38 26
Blocks 8 4
Steals 6 6
Turnovers 14 13
Personal Fouls 19 17
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Seton Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Wed Jan 8 Seton 83 @ Xav 71 S. Reynolds, Jr. 2 K. Tandy 3

Game Information

Stadium: Cintas Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
Attendance: 9,832
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