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February 13, 2008

Golden Eagles Overwhelm Pirates

NEWARK, N.J.(AP) Lazar Hayward scored 23 points and grabbed 9 rebounds - both game-highs - to lead Marquette to an easy 89-64 win over Seton Hall on Tuesday night.

Jerel McNeal and Wesley Matthews each added 14 points for the Golden Eagles (17-6, 7-5 Big East Conference), who snapped a two-game losing streak. Jeremy Hazell had 18 points to pace the Pirates (15-10, 5-7), while Brian Laing finished with 17 and Eugene Harvey added 14.

Marquette took command early on, going on a 15-0 run over an almost seven-minute span of the first half to take a 21-4 lead. Hayward had two rebound baskets during that stretch, and Ousmane Barro also scored twice during the run.

The Golden Eagles led 40-22 at the break, then pulled away in the second half, leading by as many as 28 points.

Seton Hall's Jamar Nutter was ejected from the game with about 12 minutes remaining for throwing a flagrant elbow to the throat of Marquette's Dominic James.



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