The Seton Hall Pirates needed a victory Tuesday to help solidify a NCAA Tournament at-large invite, and that's just what they received by routing the Providence Friars 79-44 in the first round of the 2012 Big East Conference Tournament at Madison Square Garden.
Senior guard Jordan Theodore netted a team-best 13 points and set a new personal and Big East tourney record with 13 assists to help the No. 10-seeded Pirates advance to Wednesday's second round (7 p.m. ET on ESPN). Awaiting Seton Hall will be the No. 7 Louisville Cardinals, who beat the Pirates 60-51 on Jan. 28. The Friars now finish their season 15-17 overall.
Senior forward Herb Pope tallied a team-best 16 points and collected six rebounds, while freshman forward Brandon Mobley netted a collegiate-best 16 points, including two 3-pointers. Overall, the Pirates went 8-for-16 from behind the 3-point arc and shot 56-percent from the floor.
The Friars were paced by freshman forward LaDontae Henton