It was a whistle that can go down in Seton Corridor basketball infamy.
Within the last seconds of a tie recreation at Marquette on Saturday, Pirates guard Bryce Aiken acquired hit within the face with an elbow whereas showing to cleanly defend a 3-pointer.
But Aiken acquired referred to as for a foul.
So what simply might have been a cost towards Marquette’s Greg Elliott as an alternative put him on the free-throw line, the place he made one shot with two seconds left to raise the Golden Eagles to a 73-72 victory.
Aiken completed with 28 factors because the Twentieth-ranked Pirates fell to 11-5 total and 2-4 within the Massive East after dropping each ends of a midwestern swing.
Marquette (12-6, 4-4) has received 4 straight — and broke a six-game slide within the sequence with the Corridor.
Ahead Alexis Yetna added 15 factors and 16 boards for the Pirates, who’ve a bye week coming earlier than visiting St. John’s at Madison Sq. Backyard Jan. 22. Their subsequent scheduled contest, Tuesday’s go to from Windfall, was canceled as a consequence of a COVID outbreak inside the Friars’ program. It is unsure whether or not the sport can be rescheduled; there isn’t a clear that that works for each groups, and the Friars have two different postponements as nicely.
1. Will there be penalties?
Crews involving James Breeding have brought about sizzling messes earlier than, most notably the extensively panned catastrophe towards Marquette within the 2019 Massive East Event semifinals. It wasn’t Breeding who blew the decision towards Aiken — that was Paul Szelc’s mistake.
Nonetheless, there is a clear sample right here. Will the Massive East pull these officers Corridor video games for some time? Will there be any accountability for Szelc? Don’t rely on it. He’ll most likely wind up working the Remaining 4.
2. Fell behind once more
Seton Corridor’s sluggish begins predate this specific group. This has been occurring for the reason that Angel Delgado-Khadeen Carrington period. It occurred at DePaul Thursday, after they trailed by 18 on the best way to a four-point defeat. And it occurred once more right here as Marquette linked on 9-of-14 first-half 3-pointers, just a few of them off turnovers. Rallying from down 11 on the highway in an setting like Marquette’s is a giant ask. Is that this fixable?
3. Ball-handling an issue
DePaul brought about chaos for the Pirates, so that you knew it was going to be a difficulty towards Marquette, which is DePaul on steroids. The Pirates completed with 20 turnovers, main to twenty Marquette factors. Additionally they handed out simply six assists in comparison with 19 for Marquette. Seton Corridor needs to be a greater ball-handling group with two lead guards in Kadary Richmond and Aiken, however this can be a scenario the place having a real “level” guard makes a giant distinction.
From Kevin Willard’s postgame radio interview with Dave Popkin and Matt Loughlin:
About what he was saying to the officers on the finish: “Subsequent query please.”
On the sluggish begin: “They (Marquette) got here out sizzling from three. They banked one in. We had two turnovers towards their strain that led to them getting threes, and that form of acquired us in a gap. Then we began taking good care of the ball.”
On the rally: “I didn’t suppose we acquired some fouls calls going to the basket late within the second half, however I used to be actually impressed with our aggressiveness not settling for photographs.”
On the place the group is at going right into a bye: “We’re in a bit of little bit of a gap, however while you play your first two (league) video games with seven guys, sadly that was predictable. We’ve performed a whole lot of video games and we want a bit of little bit of a break, getting them mentally and bodily again into a great place. We’re going to tweak some issues defensively. We lastly began to appear like the defensive unit we may be within the second half. If we clear up our protection, I like the place we’re at.”
Jerry Carino has lined the New Jersey sports activities scene since 1996 and the school basketball beat since 2003. He’s an Related Press Prime 25 voter. Contact him at [email protected]
Source: Asbury Park