In Two Different Kinds of Battles, Seton Hall and Villanova Reach Final

Powell went on a personal 8-0 run in the second, with a pair of 3-pointers and a pull-up jumper that gave Seton Hall its first lead of the game, 46-44, with 14:55 left.

25 Villanova rallied past Xavier in overtime to reach its fifth consecutive Big East championship game.

Myles Powell sparked Seton Hall with 18 second-half points and the Big East player of the year Markus Howard of Marquette came up short on a potential winning 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Pirates a chippy and foul-filled 81-79 victory in the Big East Tournament semifinals Friday night at Madison Square Garden.

Powell, who scored 29 points in the first half of quarterfinals against Georgetown, managed just 4 in the first 20 minutes as Marquette took a 36-33 lead into halftime.

champions Wildcats (24-9) are trying to become the first team in the 40-year history of the Big East to win three straight tournament titles.

Booth and his fellow senior star Eric Paschall each scored 5 points in the extra period as the Wildcats held off a determined Xavier squad.

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