Myles Powell casts 34 points as Seton Hall Clips Georgetown

<pre><pre>Myles Powell casts 34 points as Seton Hall Clips Georgetown

WASHINGTON – Myles Powell scored 34 points, Romaro Gill posted an eight block career high and Seton Hall (# 12) won 78-71 against Georgetown on Wednesday night.

The pirates (17-5, 9-1) took the lead with 16-0 and made 4 to 4 with 3 pointers. Powell, the second most scorer in the Great East, averaged 21 points at half-time.

Seton Hall's Quincy McKnight was on the grid and ended the game with eight points and 10 assists in 22 minutes. He was listed as day after day after losing early to Xavier on Saturday due to a left knee injury.

The pirates improved 5-0 on the Great East Road. They won nine out of eleven against Georgetown.

Georgetown (13/10, 3-7) played for the second consecutive time without top scorer Mac McClung, who had an injured right foot.

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

Seton Hall kept Georgetown on 33.8% shooting when Gill had eight of the pirates 11 blocks. The Hoyas stayed in the game with 21 of 24 free throws.

The pirates responded to their first conference defeat this season and deserved the Hoyas' win of the season. Thanks to the win and defeat of Villanova No. 10 on Wednesday at Butler No. 19, they expanded their leadership in the Great East to two games. With a healthy McKnight, Seton Hall can focus on fighting for a top spot in a fifth consecutive NCAA tournament under coach Kevin Willard.

The Hoyas eased in the Big East game after building a solid resume in the non-conference with victories over the Power 5 schools in Syracuse, Oklahoma State and then-No. 22 Texas. With four losses in five games, Georgetown is in serious danger of missing a fifth NCAA tournament in a row if its season doesn't turn quickly.