The first five minutes of the Seton Hall Pirates' opening Big East Tournament game were ugly, to say the least. The Providence Friars jumped out to a 9-0 lead as Seton Hall missed their first six shots and turned the ball over three times in that five-minute period. Eventually, they would make a basket and it was all easy from there. The Pirates took the lead with 11:15 remaining in the first half and would never relinquish it as they coasted to a 79-47 win.
Providence kept things interesting in the regular season meeting between these two teams, but couldn't hang with Seton Hall on Tuesday night. The Friars shot just 26 percent from the field as the Pirates expanded their lead at a steady pace throughout the game. Herb Pope and Brandon Mobley were the top scorers for Seton Hall with 16 points each, while five Pirates scored in double figures.
Jordan Theodore had a big game for Seton Hall, tallying 13 points and 13 assists.
This game was a must-win for Seton Hall to keep themselves in the conversation for an at-large bid into the NCAA tournament. It's questionable whether or not they need a win on Wednesday over Louisville to get themselves into the tournament, but this win was massive and keeps their hopes alive.
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