Not For the Faint of Heart (2019 Big East Tournament Semifinals)

Robert Cole/ALOST


akoiki-passport2 – by Adesina O. Koiki
A Lot of Sports Talk editor-in-chief


NEW YORK — The first semifinal game of the 2019 Big East Tournament on Friday night turned into an overtime thriller, with one team attempting to make it to a fifth straight tournament final while the other battling for its NCAA Tournament life and hoping to give itself the opportunity to advance to the title game and attempt to earn a ticket to the Big Dance through the automatic bid route.

The drama, theatrics, bad blood and post-game acerbity in the second game all but made the opener seem a distant memory.

In the nightcap of Friday night’s doubleheader, third-seeded Seton Hall defeated No. 2 Marquette 81-79 in a game that featured nine technical fouls, two ejections, one ejection that wasn’t and words exchanged between the two combatants, err, opponents at the end-game handshake line.

*Editor’s note: Above the byline is the photo gallery from Wednesday evening’s games, with all photos taken by ALOST senior photographer Robert Cole. After clicking on the first photo to enlarge the picture, make sure to press the left and right arrow buttons to scroll through the rest of the pictures. There are 18 pictures in total.

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