Jan. 11. 2017

Marquette survives in OT against Seton Hall, 89-86

MILWAUKEE - Guard Katin Reinhardt hit four free throws in the final 29 seconds of overtime to seal an 89-86 victory for Marquette over Seton Hall on Wednesday evening at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

The Golden Eagles (11-5, 2-2 BIG EAST) led by as many as 14 points in the first half and had to fight through the overtime period with starters Luke Fischer and Sam Hauser on the bench with five fouls apiece. Freshman Markus Howard led MU with 22 points in the game, while Haanif Cheatham contributed 17.

Desi Rodriguez scored a career-best 30 points to lead the Pirates (12-4, 2-2 BIG EAST), who outrebounded Marquette 54-33 on the evening. Khadeen Carrington poured in 22 points and Angel Delgado posted 14 points and 19 rebounds, including 13 of which were of the offensive variety.

In overtime it was Reinhardt and Jajuan Johnson who came up big for the Golden Eagles. Johnson hit back-to-back jumpers from the left wing to give MU a four-point edge, 84-80, with just under two minutes to play and Reinhardt came up clutch with his four free throws down the stretch. 

Marquette led by seven points with 46 seconds left in regulation before Seton Hall mounted a comeback similar to its New Year's Day win over MU in New Jersey. Carrington banked in a 3-pointer with 23 seconds remaining to put the Pirates down two, 77-75, and then sank a jumper from the right side with two seconds left to knot the game at 77-all heading into overtime.

MU, the BIG EAST Conference's leader and No. 2 team in the nation in free throw percentage at 81.9 percent, was an uncharacteristic 65 percent (13-of-20) from the line in regulation. The Golden Eagles went on to hit 7-of-8 from the charity stripe in the extra frame to seal the win.

DePaul travels to the BMO Harris Bradley Center as Marquette resumes league play with a 1 p.m. Central time tilt on Saturday.