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Powell goes off in 1st half, Seton Hall beats G'Town 73-57

NEW YORK (AP) Myles Powell was working the crowd and working over Georgetown in a rousing first half at Madison Square Garden.

Powell scored 29 points in the first half to set a Big East Tournament record and lead Seton Hall to a 73-57 victory against Georgetown in the quarterfinals Thursday night.

The Pirates brought plenty of fans from New Jersey with them to Manhattan, and Powell had them partying.

''Yeah, I had fun,'' Powell said, flashing a big smile. ''I'm loving it.''

The third-seeded Pirates (19-12) will face No. 2 seed Marquette in the second game of the semifinal doubleheader Friday night. Seton Hall ended the regular season with consecutive victories against Marquette and Villanova and now seems safely in the NCAA Tournament field no matter what else happens this weekend.

James Akinjo, the Big East freshman of the year, scored 15 to lead the sixth-seeded Hoyas (19-13), who likely slipped off the bubble and out of contention for an NCAA bid.

Powell was hitting from everywhere in the first half, driving hard to the basket and launching from long range. He scored 13 straight points for the Pirates to close the half, dropping three 3s and mixing in an end-to-end drive for a layup.

''I know my guys feed off my energy and my coach looked at me and said, `I need you to pick it up,''' Powell said.

Georgetown coach Patrick Ewing said the Hoyas tried to come up with different ways to slow down the stocky, 6-foot-2 guard.

''It didn't work,'' Ewing said. ''He got hot in the first half, and everything he shot, he made.''

The last 3 Powell made was a heat-check from about 24-feet in transition that had the junior from Trenton, New Jersey, mugging for the crowd.

''This is going to sound crazy. That's what we see every day,'' Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard said. ''Anytime he steps on the floor I expect to see that. It was just Myles being Myles.''

Powell broke the conference tournament record of 27 points in the first half by Doug McDermott of Creighton against DePaul in 2014, and recorded his eighth 30-plus game of the season. Powell has been especially good lately, averaging 29 with three 30-plus games in his last five.

''It just fires us up,'' Sandro Mamukelashvili said. ''Every time I see Myles playing like that I want to play like that, too. Because he's balling out, we get confidence.''

The Pirates turned 10 Georgetown turnovers into 20 first-half points and led 53-28 at the break.

''Unforced turnovers hurt us,'' Ewing said. ''It's hard to overcome.''

Powell scored Seton Hall's first bucket of the second half, but that was that. He and the Pirates cooled off from there. After going 10 for 14 from the field and 4 for 7 from long range in the first half, Powell finished 11 for 21 from the floor. He was three points shy of the Seton Hall record for a Big East Tournament game of 34 points by John Leahy in 1995 against Boston College.

The Hoyas never got closer than 14 in a lackluster second half.

BIG PICTURE

Georgetown: Mac McLung, Akinjo's fellow freshman guard, finished with nine points on 3-of-8 shooting. He had three turnovers and looked out of sorts like most of the Hoyas.

''Akinjo is so talented, McClung, and they play with so much emotion when they're making shots,'' Willard said. ''The biggest thing for us is to get them to try to stop and think, be aggressive with them, and just keep them off balance.''

Seton Hall: While Powell was dominating on the perimeter, Mamukelashvili and Michael Nzei were doing a good job in the paint for the Pirates. The 6-foot-10 Mamukelashvili had 12 points and 10 rebounds and the 6-8 Nzei added seven and eight.

UP NEXT

Georgetown: The NIT awaits the Hoyas.

Seton Hall: The Pirates split with the Marquette during the regular season.

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1st Half

Time Team Play Score
20:00   Jumpball received by Georgetown  
19:50 +2 James Akinjo made jump shot 2-0
19:35 +2 Myles Powell made jump shot 2-2
19:14   Mac McClung missed 3-pt. jump shot  
19:12   Defensive rebound by Michael Nzei  
18:57   Myles Cale missed layup  
18:55   Offensive rebound by Michael Nzei  
18:50 +2 Michael Nzei made layup 2-4
18:42 +2 Mac McClung made layup 4-4
18:25   Lost ball turnover on Quincy McKnight, stolen by Mac McClung  
18:16 +2 Jessie Govan made jump shot, assist by Mac McClung 6-4
17:49   Myles Powell missed 3-pt. jump shot  
17:47   Defensive rebound by Jessie Govan  
17:38 +2 James Akinjo made layup 8-4
17:33   Personal foul on James Akinjo  
17:30   Shooting foul on Jessie Govan  
17:30 +1 Michael Nzei made 1st of 2 free throws 8-5
17:30   Michael Nzei missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
17:30   Defensive rebound by Jessie Govan  
17:12   Lost ball turnover on James Akinjo, stolen by Michael Nzei  
17:05 +3 Myles Cale made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Quincy McKnight 8-8
16:57   Lost ball turnover on Josh LeBlanc, stolen by Myles Powell  
16:50 +2 Myles Powell made dunk 8-10
16:45   Personal foul on Quincy McKnight  
16:28   Lost ball turnover on Mac McClung, stolen by Myles Cale  
16:11 +2 Sandro Mamukelashvili made layup 8-12
16:01   Personal foul on Quincy McKnight  
15:41 +2 Josh LeBlanc made dunk, assist by James Akinjo 10-12
15:26 +2 Myles Powell made layup, assist by Anthony Nelson 10-14
15:16   Turnover on Mac McClung  
15:10 +3 Myles Cale made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Michael Nzei 10-17
14:40 +2 Jagan Mosely made layup 12-17
14:20   Myles Cale missed 3-pt. jump shot  
14:18   Offensive rebound by Anthony Nelson  
14:09   Michael Nzei missed layup  
14:07   Defensive rebound by Jessie Govan  
13:59   Josh LeBlanc missed layup  
13:57   Defensive rebound by Michael Nzei  
13:47   Personal foul on Jessie Govan  
13:34   Myles Powell missed layup  
13:30   Defensive rebound by Georgetown  
13:29   Trey Mourning missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:24   Defensive rebound by Michael Nzei  
13:09 +2 Jared Rhoden made dunk, assist by Michael Nzei 12-19
12:57   James Akinjo missed layup  
12:55   Defensive rebound by Michael Nzei  
12:36 +3 Myles Powell made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Anthony Nelson 12-22
12:13   Personal foul on Romaro Gill  
12:01   Shooting foul on Jared Rhoden  
12:01   Jamorko Pickett missed 1st of 2 free throws  
12:01 +1 Jamorko Pickett made 2nd of 2 free throws 13-22
11:54   Romaro Gill missed layup  
11:52   Defensive rebound by Jamorko Pickett  
11:42   Trey Mourning missed jump shot  
11:40   Defensive rebound by Seton Hall  
11:24   Lost ball turnover on Sandro Mamukelashvili, stolen by Kaleb Johnson  
11:17   Greg Malinowski missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:15   Defensive rebound by Sandro Mamukelashvili  
11:00   Myles Cale missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:58   Defensive rebound by Kaleb Johnson  
10:52   Greg Malinowski missed layup  
10:50   Defensive rebound by Myles Cale  
10:47   Shooting foul on Kaleb Johnson  
10:47 +1 Myles Powell made 1st of 2 free throws 13-23
10:47 +1 Myles Powell made 2nd of 2 free throws 13-24
10:22   Mac McClung missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:20   Offensive rebound by Kaleb Johnson  
10:07 +2 Jagan Mosely made layup 15-24
9:44   Myles Cale missed jump shot  
9:42   Defensive rebound by Jamorko Pickett  
9:39   Turnover on Jamorko Pickett  
9:25   Personal foul on Jagan Mosely  
9:20   Shooting foul on Jamorko Pickett  
9:19   Quincy McKnight missed free throw  
9:19 +1 Quincy McKnight made 2nd of 2 free throws 15-25
9:06   Bad pass turnover on Kaleb Johnson, stolen by Myles Powell  
8:59 +2 Myles Powell made dunk 15-27
8:42   Lost ball turnover on Jessie Govan, stolen by Myles Powell  
8:35 +2 Myles Cale made layup, assist by Myles Powell 15-29
8:15   Jessie Govan missed layup  
8:13   Defensive rebound by Sandro Mamukelashvili  
8:01   Shooting foul on Jagan Mosely  
8:01 +1 Myles Powell made 1st of 3 free throws 15-30
8:01   Myles Powell missed 2nd of 3 free throws  
8:01   Myles Powell missed 3rd of 3 free throws  
8:01   Defensive rebound by Josh LeBlanc  
7:43   Personal foul on Anthony Nelson  
7:31   Bad pass turnover on Trey Mourning, stolen by Jared Rhoden  
7:19   Myles Powell missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:17   Defensive rebound by Georgetown  
6:55   Trey Mourning missed jump shot  
6:53   Defensive rebound by Jared Rhoden  
6:43 +3 Sandro Mamukelashvili made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Myles Powell 15-33
6:29   Personal foul on Myles Powell  
6:24   Personal foul on Anthony Nelson  
6:24   James Akinjo missed free throw  
6:24   Offensive rebound by Kaleb Johnson  
6:19   Kaleb Johnson missed layup  
6:17   Offensive rebound by Kaleb Johnson  
6:13   Jahvon Blair missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:10   Defensive rebound by Seton Hall  
6:10   Personal foul on Kaleb Johnson  
6:10 +1 Sandro Mamukelashvili made 1st of 2 free throws 15-34
6:10 +1 Sandro Mamukelashvili made 2nd of 2 free throws 15-35
6:01   Shooting foul on Myles Powell  
6:01 +1 Mac McClung made 1st of 3 free throws 16-35
6:01 +1 Mac McClung made 2nd of 3 free throws 17-35
6:01 +1 Mac McClung made 3rd of 3 free throws 18-35
5:51 +2 Myles Powell made layup 18-37
5:31   Shooting foul on Michael Nzei  
5:31   Josh LeBlanc missed 1st of 2 free throws  
5:31 +1 Josh LeBlanc made 2nd of 2 free throws 19-37
5:12   Anthony Nelson missed layup, blocked by Josh LeBlanc  
5:10   Defensive rebound by Georgetown  
5:00   Mac McClung missed layup  
4:58   Defensive rebound by Romaro Gill  
4:39 +3 Myles Cale made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Myles Powell 19-40
4:26   James Akinjo missed layup  
4:24   Defensive rebound by Myles Cale  
4:17   Romaro Gill missed layup, blocked by Jessie Govan  
4:15   Defensive rebound by Mac McClung  
4:08   Lost ball turnover on Mac McClung, stolen by Anthony Nelson  
4:02 +3 Myles Powell made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Anthony Nelson 19-43
3:46   Personal foul on Anthony Nelson  
3:46 +1 James Akinjo made 1st of 2 free throws 20-43
3:46 +1 James Akinjo made 2nd of 2 free throws 21-43
3:29   Personal foul on Jamorko Pickett  
3:29 +1 Myles Powell made 1st of 2 free throws 21-44
3:29 +1 Myles Powell made 2nd of 2 free throws 21-45
3:16 +3 Jahvon Blair made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jagan Mosely 24-45
3:08   Lost ball turnover on Myles Powell, stolen by Jessie Govan  
3:07   Personal foul on Romaro Gill  
3:07   Jagan Mosely missed 1st of 2 free throws  
3:07 +1 Jagan Mosely made 2nd of 2 free throws 25-45
2:37 +3 Myles Powell made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Michael Nzei 25-48
2:17   Lost ball turnover on Jahvon Blair, stolen by Sandro Mamukelashvili  
2:09 +2 Myles Powell made layup 25-50
1:48   Jessie Govan missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:46   Defensive rebound by Myles Powell  
1:40 +3 Myles Powell made 3-pt. jump shot 25-53
1:24   Personal foul on Shavar Reynolds  
1:24   Jagan Mosely missed 1st of 2 free throws  
1:24 +1 Jagan Mosely made 2nd of 2 free throws 26-53
1:12   Myles Powell missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:10   Defensive rebound by Trey Mourning  
55.0 +2 Jamorko Pickett made jump shot 28-53
34.0   Sandro Mamukelashvili missed 3-pt. jump shot  
32.0   Defensive rebound by Jessie Govan  
4.0   Trey Mourning missed jump shot  
2.0   Offensive rebound by Jahvon Blair  
0.0   End of period  

2nd Half

Time Team Play Score
19:45 +2 Jessie Govan made layup, assist by Jagan Mosely 30-53
19:28   Myles Cale missed jump shot  
19:26   Defensive rebound by Georgetown  
19:27   Personal foul on Michael Nzei  
19:05 +2 Kaleb Johnson made layup 32-53
18:43 +2 Myles Powell made layup 32-55
18:18 +2 Jessie Govan made layup 34-55
17:57 +2 Sandro Mamukelashvili made layup 34-57
17:58   Shooting foul on Kaleb Johnson  
17:58 +1 Sandro Mamukelashvili made free throw 34-58
17:39   Jessie Govan missed jump shot  
17:37   Defensive rebound by Michael Nzei  
17:29   Myles Powell missed 3-pt. jump shot  
17:27   Offensive rebound by Myles Powell  
17:12   Myles Powell missed layup  
17:10   Offensive rebound by Sandro Mamukelashvili  
17:03   Myles Powell missed 3-pt. jump shot  
17:01   Offensive rebound by Sandro Mamukelashvili  
16:59 +2 Sandro Mamukelashvili made layup 34-60
16:27   Lost ball turnover on Kaleb Johnson, stolen by Sandro Mamukelashvili  
16:22   Offensive foul on Sandro Mamukelashvili  
16:22   Turnover on Sandro Mamukelashvili  
16:07 +2 James Akinjo made jump shot 36-60
15:45   Myles Cale missed 3-pt. jump shot  
15:43   Offensive rebound by Seton Hall  
15:26   Michael Nzei missed layup  
15:24   Offensive rebound by Quincy McKnight  
15:05   Myles Powell missed layup  
15:03   Offensive rebound by Michael Nzei  
15:00   Michael Nzei missed layup, blocked by Jessie Govan  
14:58   Defensive rebound by Kaleb Johnson  
14:49 +2 Jessie Govan made layup, assist by James Akinjo 38-60
14:25   Myles Powell missed 3-pt. jump shot  
14:23   Offensive rebound by Sandro Mamukelashvili  
14:22   Personal foul on Jagan Mosely  
14:15   Offensive foul on Quincy McKnight  
14:15   Turnover on Quincy McKnight  
13:59   Jagan Mosely missed jump shot  
13:57   Defensive rebound by Sandro Mamukelashvili  
13:37   Romaro Gill missed jump shot  
13:35   Defensive rebound by Mac McClung  
13:29   Personal foul on Sandro Mamukelashvili  
13:21 +2 Mac McClung made jump shot 40-60
12:54   Myles Cale missed jump shot  
12:52   Defensive rebound by James Akinjo  
12:46   Offensive foul on James Akinjo  
12:46   Turnover on James Akinjo  
12:33   Sandro Mamukelashvili missed 3-pt. jump shot  
12:31   Defensive rebound by Jessie Govan  
12:31   Personal foul on Romaro Gill  
12:16 +2 Mac McClung made jump shot 42-60
11:43   Quincy McKnight missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:41   Offensive rebound by Seton Hall  
11:42   Shot clock violation turnover on Seton Hall  
11:32   Shooting foul on Sandro Mamukelashvili  
11:32 +1 Kaleb Johnson made 1st of 2 free throws 43-60
11:32 +1 Kaleb Johnson made 2nd of 2 free throws 44-60
11:14   Jared Rhoden missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:12   Defensive rebound by Georgetown  
10:59   Mac McClung missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:57   Defensive rebound by Quincy McKnight  
10:48   Jared Rhoden missed dunk, blocked by Jessie Govan  
10:46   Defensive rebound by Jessie Govan  
10:33   Personal foul on Michael Nzei  
10:33   Jessie Govan missed free throw  
10:33   Defensive rebound by Michael Nzei  
10:18   Personal foul on James Akinjo  
10:12   Myles Cale missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:08   Defensive rebound by Georgetown  
9:58 +2 Trey Mourning made jump shot, assist by James Akinjo 46-60
9:36   Michael Nzei missed dunk, blocked by Jamorko Pickett  
9:34   Offensive rebound by Seton Hall  
9:28   Shooting foul on Mac McClung  
9:28 +1 Quincy McKnight made 1st of 3 free throws 46-61
9:28 +1 Quincy McKnight made 2nd of 3 free throws 46-62
9:28 +1 Quincy McKnight made 3rd of 3 free throws 46-63
9:18   Trey Mourning missed dunk  
9:16   Defensive rebound by Sandro Mamukelashvili  
8:49   Quincy McKnight missed jump shot  
8:47   Defensive rebound by Georgetown  
8:35 +3 James Akinjo made 3-pt. jump shot 49-63
8:19   Myles Powell missed jump shot  
8:17   Defensive rebound by Jamorko Pickett  
8:00   Trey Mourning missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:58   Offensive rebound by Kaleb Johnson  
7:36   Lost ball turnover on Kaleb Johnson, stolen by Myles Powell  
7:15 +2 Quincy McKnight made layup 49-65
7:01   James Akinjo missed layup  
6:59   Defensive rebound by Sandro Mamukelashvili  
6:50 +2 Michael Nzei made layup, assist by Sandro Mamukelashvili 49-67
6:32   Trey Mourning missed dunk  
6:30   Defensive rebound by Myles Powell  
6:24   Lost ball turnover on Myles Powell, stolen by James Akinjo  
5:57   Jahvon Blair missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:55   Offensive rebound by Trey Mourning  
5:55   Shot clock violation turnover on Georgetown  
5:43   Sandro Mamukelashvili missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:41   Defensive rebound by James Akinjo  
5:35   Personal foul on Myles Powell  
5:35   Trey Mourning missed 1st of 2 free throws  
5:35 +1 Trey Mourning made 2nd of 2 free throws 50-67
5:13   Personal foul on Jahvon Blair  
4:55 +2 Michael Nzei made jump shot, assist by Quincy McKnight 50-69
4:40   Jessie Govan missed layup  
4:38   Defensive rebound by Myles Cale  
4:16   Personal foul on Jessie Govan  
4:16 +1 Myles Cale made 1st of 2 free throws 50-70
4:16   Myles Cale missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
4:16   Defensive rebound by Jessie Govan  
4:07