March Madness isn’t officially underway just yet. We’re still in the trenches of conference tournament play around the country, which will determine the lion’s share of the seeds for the NCAA Tournament when selection Sunday rolls around this weekend.
And some of these tournament games have been doozies. Over in the Big East, No. 2 Marquette squared off against No. 3 Seton Hall on Friday night, and about midway through the second half, things quickly turned ugly when Pirates guard Myles Powell took a hard foul from the Golden Eagles’ Theo John as he made a move to the basket.
A fracas ensued between several players on both sides, and by the time the dust had cleared, several players had been ejected from the game with just over 12 minutes left to play in the second half.
Powell was initially among those reported to be ejected but was ultimately allowed to remain in the game, while the rest of the ejections were upheld. He was Seton Hall’s leading scorer with 22 points, six assists, and two rebounds. Mamukelashvili had 10 points for the Pirates when he got tossed. Anim likewise scored 10 points for the Golden Eagles at the time of the dustup.
Seton Hall ended up pulling out a tight victory, 81-79, to go to the Big East Championship.