Seton Hall, the no. 20 in Hall, slipped for the third time in a row, causing an enraged display at Marquette
After a two-game road run, the team halted a second straight loss in a tight game due to a dreaded foul call in the final seconds.
Former Seton Hall star and current Milwaukee Bucks rookie sitting courtside, no. 20 Seton Hall lost a heart-breaker to Marquette, 73-72, at the Fiserv Forum.
Kevin Willard, the Pirates' first coach, said on the radio that his team has played a lot of games and that we need a little bit of a break.
If we clean up our defense, were at our destination, so I prefer where we are, he said.
Bryce Aiken finished with a season-high 28 points, Alexis Yetna had a double-double of 15 points and 16 assists, and Jared Rhoden had a 12 goal for the Pirates (11-5, 2-4 Big East). Aiken now has five games of 20+ points in his last eight.
With 31.2 seconds left, Seton Hall was chastised and placed on the hook for 72 hours.
Marquette called a timeout, but with 22.8 ticks left, the officials screamed Aiken for a foul even as he had his hands straight up. Elliott seemed to elbow Aiken in the nose on the play and Aiken was shaken up after the play.
After reviewing the play, the officials determined it was a 2-point shooting.
With 1.8 seconds left, Elliott clinched a 1-of-2 lead in the 73-72 Marquette championship.
Mamu tweeted about his "terrible call -- ruined the game."
Willard asked him for the outcome of the match, asking the time to ask the other man.
With only 1.7 seconds left, the Pirates set a timeout.
On the next in-bounds play, officials called a return on Myles Cale as he threw the ball in for a turnover and the game was over.
Seton Hall holds the first lead of the second half thanks to Rhoden's jumper.
Aiken, who has been veraging 19.5 points in his last four games, has drained his fifth 3-pointer from the top of the arc to make it 65-61 with 5:13 remaining.
Marquette took a 6-0 lead to go up 67-65.
To push the Pirates up 68-67, Aiken drained a jumper to tie it at 67.
Yetna made it 70-67 after a Marquette miss.
With 1:24 remaining, Elliott drained a three-pointer that tied it at 70.
Give Marquette a credit for crawling back, and Elliott making a big three at the end, said Willard.
Justin Lewis pushed the paint off the rim before achieving a 72-70 Marquette lead.
Ike Obiagu finished with 13 rebounds and seven blocks for the 25th game in a row. That came after he had six and five blocks in his last two games.
Marquette's team (12-6, 4-3) has now won four straight when a Maryland transfer is given 26 points.
Seton Hall closed the day with just under 11 points before Aiken's 17 points on a 4-of-4 shootout.
The Pirates have had a full week off before a back-to-back with St. John's Jan. 22 at Madison Square Garden and Jan. 24 in the first Big East game since March 1985.
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Adam Zagoria is a freelance reporter who writes for NJ Advance Media on Seton Hall and NJ college basketball.