In Two Different Kinds of Battles, Seton Hall in addition to Villanova Reach Final

Myles Powell sparked Seton Hall with 18 second-half points in addition to the Big East player of the year Markus Howard of Marquette came up short on a potential winning 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Pirates a chippy in addition to foul-filled 81-79 victory inside Big East Tournament semifinals Friday night at Madison Square Garden.

After winning a game that will featured three ejections in addition to 85 free throws, third-seeded Pirates (20-12) will face top seed in addition to defending champion Villanova inside final Saturday night in a rematch of the 2016 title game, won by Seton Hall.

The expected showdown between Howard in addition to Powell, the top two scorers inside conference, never fully materialized. Howard scored 21 points yet finished 1 for 15 through the field. He also went to the locker room with 2 minutes 24 seconds left inside first half, favoring his left wrist. He started off the second half, yet the 0 percent free-throw shooter was 18 for 24 through the line for Marquette (24-9), which has lost a few of six.

Powell, who scored 29 points inside first half of quarterfinals against Georgetown, managed just 4 inside first 20 minutes as Marquette took a 36-33 lead into halftime.

Powell went on a personal 8-0 run inside second, using a pair of 3-pointers in addition to a pull-up jumper that will gave Seton Hall its first lead of the game, 46-44, with 14:55 left.

Soon after, he picked up his third foul. that will drew complaints through Seton Hall Coach Kevin Willard, who was given a technical. Marquette hit four free throws to regain the lead.

Moments later, Powell was fouled going to the rim in addition to the officials had to separate the teams with 12:18 left. No punches were thrown, yet Marquette’s Sacar Anim in addition to Seton Hall’s Sandro Mamukelashvili each picked up a second technical in addition to were ejected, as was Marquette’s Theo John for pushing a defenseless player while inside air.

Powell received a technical, too, in addition to that will looked as if he had also been ejected when he walked toward the locker room. He returned moments later to the bench, yet with four fouls.

VILLANOVA 71, XAVIER 67 Phil Booth scored 28 points, Jermaine Samuels hit three critical 3-pointers in addition to No. 25 Villanova rallied past Xavier in overtime to reach its fifth consecutive Big East championship game.

The defending N.C.A.A. champions Wildcats (24-9) are trying to become the first team inside 40-year history of the Big East to win three straight tournament titles.

Villanova (24-9) erased a 7-point deficit inside last three minutes of regulation. Booth in addition to his fellow senior star Eric Paschall each scored 5 points inside extra period as the Wildcats held off a determined Xavier squad.

Paul Scruggs scored a career-high 28 points in addition to Zach Hankins added 18 on 8-of-10 shooting for the fourth-seeded Musketeers (18-15), who had won seven of eight. Scruggs, a sophomore guard, also had 11 rebounds in addition to 7 assists.