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Monday / December 9.
  • Myles Powell pours in 31 as Seton Hall plows Georgetown to reach Big East semifinals

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    NEW YORK –– For a period in the first half Thursday night at Madison Square Garden, Myles Powell had more points than the entire Georgetown team.

    At one point after he drained a 3-pointer, it was Powell 29, Hoyas 26.

    The junior guard finished with a game-high 31 points on 11-of-21 shooting as No. 3 Seton Hall drilled No. 6 Georgetown, 73-57, to advance to a semifinal showdown with No. 2 Marquette on Friday night. No. 1 Villanova will face No. 4 Xavier in the first semifinal.

    “I’m going to be back, I’m going to be ready,” he said on FS1. “We got a great Marquette team coming up and we want to get back to the hotel, ice up and get ready.”

    Powell’s performance came in front of Knicks owner Jim Dolan and President Steve Mills, who are scouting talent for the Knicks rebuild. Their ultimate goal is to land Duke freshman Zion Williamson, who returned from a five-game absence to drop 29 points on 13-of-13 shooting and  14 rebounds on Syracuse in the ACC Tournament.

    Marquette drilled No. 7 St. John’s, 86-54, in the first game after losing two regular-season affairs to the Johnnies. Still, St. John’s appears headed to the Big Dance despite losing 5-of-7 down the stretch.

    At this point, it appears the Big East will send four teams dancing: Villanova, Marquette, Seton Hall and St. John’s. Xavier remains alive as well.

    Georgetown’s slim NCAA Tournament chances effectively came crashing down with the loss.

    Myles Cale added 14 points for Seton Hall, which came into the Big East Tournament having downed Marquette and Villanova to ensure a spot in the NCAA Tournament for a fourth straight season. Sandro Mamukelasvili added 12 points and 10 rebounds.

    The Pirates entered the day as a 10 seed via Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com, and remain alive for their second Big East Tournament championship in four years after winning in 2016 over Villanova.

    “It’s March, anything can happen,” Powell said. “That’s this time of year.”

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.