Powell scores 34, No. 12 Seton Hall beats Georgetown 78-71

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WASHINGTON (AP)Myles Powell scored 34 points, Romaro Gill tied a career-high with eight blocks and No. 12 Seton Hall raced out to a big lead and beat Georgetown 78-71 Wednesday night.

The Pirates (17-5, 9-1) jumped out to a 16-0 lead, going 4 for 4 on 3-pointers. Powell, the second leading scorer in the Big East, hit his scoring average of 21 points by halftime.

Seton Hall’s Quincy McKnight was in the starting line-up and finished with eight points and a game-high 10 assists in 22 minutes. He was listed as day to day after leaving Saturday’s loss to Xavier early with a left knee injury.

The Pirates improved to 5-0 on the road in the Big East. They have won nine of 11 against Georgetown.

Georgetown (13-10, 3-7) was playing for the second straight game without leading scorer Mac McClung, who was out with an injured right foot.

Omer Yurtseven led the Hoyas with 19 points and 15 rebounds, his 13th double-double of the season. Georgetown’s Jahvon Blair had 18 points while Terrell Allen added 11 points.

Seton Hall held Georgetown to 33.8% shooting as Gill had eight of the Pirates 11 blocks. The Hoyas stayed in the game by hitting 21 of 24 free throws.

BIG PICTURE

Seton Hall: The Pirates responded to their first conference loss of the season to earn the season sweep of the Hoyas. They increased their lead in the Big East to two games thanks to the win and No. 10 Villanova losing earlier Wednesday at No. 19 Butler. With a healthy McKnight, Seton Hall can focus on jockeying for a top seed in what would be a fifth straight NCAA Tournament under coach Kevin Willard.

Georgetown: The Hoyas have faded in Big East play after a building a solid resume in the non-conference with victories over Power 5 schools Syracuse, Oklahoma State and then-No. 22 Texas. With four losses in five games, Georgetown is in serious danger of missing a fifth straight NCAA Tournament if it doesn’t turn its season around quickly.

UP NEXT

Seton Hall: Travels to Villanova on Saturday in the first meeting of the season between the top teams in the Big East.

Georgetown: The Hoyas host DePaul on Saturday in the first meeting of the season. They two schools have split the season series in each of the past three seasons.

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