Matt Carlino had all but two of his 26 points on three-pointers, and ninth-seeded Marquette had its best game of the season from beyond the arc in a 78-56 victory over eighth-seeded Seton Hall Wednesday night in the opening round of the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden.
Carlino was 8-for-12 from three-point range as the Golden Eagles (13-18) finished 13-for-22, only the second time this season they shot better than 50 percent from long range.
Marquette faces top-seeded and fourth-ranked Villanova Thursday in the quarterfinals.
Isaiah Whitehead had 12 points for Seton Hall (16-15), which has lost nine of its last 10.
Creighton 78, DePaul 63: James Milliken scored 22 points and Creighton took charge of a tight game in the second half. Devin Brooks added 12 points and senior guard Austin Chatman had 11, surpassing 1,000 for his career. Will Artino provided energy down low, finishing with nine points and eight rebounds to help the 10th-seeded Bluejays (14-18) advance to the quarterfinals against No. 23 Georgetown.Dunn, Arcidiacono honored. Guards Kris Dunn of Providence and Ryan Arcidiacono of Villanova were named Big East co-players of the year.
Dunn, a sophomore, was sixth in the conference with 15.5 points a game and first in assists (7.4) and steals (2.8). His Jan. 29 triple-double against DePaul was the first in league play since the 2008-2009 season, the conference said in a statement.
Arcidiacono, a junior, helped lead Villanova to a school-record 29-2 regular season. In conference play he averaged 12.9 points, made 44.4 percent of his three-pointers and 84.7 percent of free throws.
This is the seventh time the conference has named co-winners since the award's inception in the 1979-1980 season.
Jay Wright earned his fourth Coach of the Year honor and his second in a row after leading Villanova to its second straight regular-season title. Angel Delgado of Seton Hall was Rookie of the Year.