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Marquette cruises past Seton Hall in Big East Tournament opener

Marquette Golden Eagles, including guard Matt Carlino and

Marquette Golden Eagles, including guard Matt Carlino and guard Derrick Wilson, center, react against the Seton Hall Pirates in the first round of the Big East basketball tournament at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday, March 11, 2015. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

Matt Carlino had all but two of his 26 points on 3-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 on Wednesday night in the opening round of the Big East tournament.

Carlino was 8 for 12 from 3-point range as the Golden Eagles (13-18) finished 13 for 22, just the second time this season they shot better than 50 percent from long range.

Marquette faces top-seeded and fourth-ranked Villanova in the quarterfinals on Thursday.

Luke Fischer had 14 points and Duane Wilson added 13 for Marquette, which was 13 of 25 (52 percent) from 3-point range in a 95-85 overtime loss to Georgetown on Jan. 24.

Derrick Wilson had seven points and a career-high 14 assists for Marquette, which led 35-22 at halftime and went up by as many as 27 points in the second half. Marquette had lost six of its last seven and it snapped a four-game losing streak in the Big East tournament.

Isaiah Whitehead had 12 points for Seton Hall (16-15), which has lost nine of 10. The Pirates were ranked as high as 19th this season but went 4-12 after that point.

Marquette came into the game shooting 33.6 percent from 3-point range, ninth in the 10-team conference.

Seton Hall finished 5 of 21 from 3-point range.

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