The first of two night games in Tuesday's opening round of the 2012 Big East Tournament is underway. The 10th-seeded Seton Hall Pirates are facing off against the No. 15 seed Providence Friars at Madison Square Garden. Through the first half of play, Seton Hall has taken a commanding lead. The Pirates are on top at halftime, 36-23.
Providence went on a surprising 9-0 run in the opening five minutes of play, but the Pirates went ahead just a few minutes later and have led ever since. Seton Hal is playing some solid basketball, including a nice three-point bomb by freshman Brandon Mobley, who leads all scorers at the break with 11 points:
And this terrific dunk from forward Herb Pope:
Pirates guard Jordan Theodore has helped pace Seton Hall to the lead with nine points.
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