Where: Prudential Center, Newark, NJ
J.P. Macura scored 22 points and Trevon Bluiett added 14 as the Musketeers (18-10, 8-7) dropped their fourth straight.
Macura hit a 3-pointer with 1:54 remaining in the first half to give Xavier a 31-29 lead. A Delgado free throw with 46 seconds left cut the Musketeers’ halftime edge to 31-30.
Xavier extended the lead to 38-32 early in the second half, but Seton Hall replied with an 11-3 run for a 43-41 lead after a Delgado layup with 14:35 showing.
The Pirates led 53-47 with under 10 minutes to play before the Musketeers crept back to within 55-53 after a pair of Bluiett free throws with 7:26 showing.
That was a close as Xavier got, as Seton Hall scored 10 unanswered points and led 63-53 with 3:17 to play. The Musketeers trimmed the margin to seven in the final minute.
NOTES: Xavier dropped out of this week’s Top 25 after being ranked for 14 consecutive weeks. … Musketeers G Trevon Bluiett, the team’s leading scorer, returned to the lineup Wednesday after missing the previous two games with an ankle injury. The ailment snapped his streak of 72 consecutive starts. … The Musketeers resume Big East play on Saturday at DePaul. … Seton Hall nabbed two Big East honors this week as G Khadeen Carrington was named player of the week after averaging 31.5 points in two games while F Angel Delgado had two double-doubles to average 18 points and 14.5 rebounds to land on the honor roll. … The Pirates are back in action on Sunday at home against No. 24 Butler.