NEWARK, N.J. -- If Marquette is going to make another deep run in March, its play on the road has to match its stellar performance at home.
With four of their last six games away from the BMO Harris Bradley Center, the No. 17 Golden Eagles took a major step in that direction Tuesday, knocking off Seton Hall 67-46 at the Prudential Center.
Marquette (19-6, 10-3 Big East) is 14-0 at home, but just 3-5 on the road after beating the Pirates (13-14, 2-12).
The win gives coach Buzz Williams' team sole possession of first place in the Big East. Syracuse and Georgetown are tied for second at 9-3. Marquette's remaining road games are against Villanova, Rutgers and St. John's.
Junior guard Vander Blue topped Marquette with 19 points, and junior forward Davante Gardner chipped in with 18 points off the bench.
The loss was the eighth straight for Seton Hall, which is 0-7 against ranked teams this season. The Pirates received 14 points from Fuquan Edwin and 11 from Aaron Cosby.
Seton Hall led 33-32 on a Tom Maayan basket with 17:50 to play, then were victimized by a 25-1 blitz from Marquette that made it 57-34 with 8:48 to play. Gardner led the run with nine points, and Trent Lockett contributed five points.
The Pirates went nearly 10 minutes before scoring a basket.
Overall, Seton Hall shot 29.4 percent from the floor, with Edwin and Cosby combining to go 8-for-26 (30.8 percent).
The score was 27-27 at halftime even though Marquette held a 29-13 edge in rebounds. The Golden Eagles are one of the better rebounding teams in the conference despite not having a player ranked in the top 20 in that category.
Blue led Marquette with 11 first-half points, and Trent Lockett and Jamil Wilson grabbed five rebounds apiece before the break. Edwin paced Seton Hall with 10 first-half points, and Cosby contributed nine points prior to halftime, all via 3-pointers.
Marquette snapped a 17-17 tie by going on a 10-3 run to move ahead 27-20 with 49 seconds left before intermission. The Pirates closed the half on a 7-0 run to draw even.
NOTES: Marquette's bench entered the night averaging 30.3 points and 17 rebounds per game, and it wound up with 30 pounds and 20 boards Tuesday. The reserves account for 43 percent of the team's scoring, the fourth-highest percentage in the country. ... Marquette was picked to finish seventh in the Big East Conference in the preseason coaches poll. ... Seton Hall is off to its worst conference start since going 2-13 in 1985-86.