MBB Comes up Short at DePaul
Seton Hall Men's Basketball Team Falls 65-60 to Blue Demons at Allstate Arena
Feb. 26, 2014
ROSEMONT, ILL. - The Seton Hall men's basketball team dropped a 65-60 decision at DePaul on Tuesday despite a game-high 21 point effort from Fuquan Edwin (Paterson, N.J.) who shot 9-for-17 in the contest. Brandon Young led the Blue Demons with 19 points and he scored six of DePaul's final nine in a game-changing spurt over the last four minutes.
Jaren Sina (Lake Hopatcong, N.J.) added 12 points for Seton Hall (14-14, 5-10) connecting on all four 3-point attempts, while Eugene Teague (Vineland, N.J.) finished with eight points and Patrik Auda (Brno, Czech Republic) added seven in the setback.
DePaul (11-18, 3-13) shot a sweltering 71.4% in the first half, cooling off slightly in the final 20 minutes to finish the game at a 60.0% (21-35) field goal rate. The Blue Demons also capitalized at the free-throw line hitting 17-of-18 attempts (94.4%). Billy Garrett Jr. and Durrell McDonald each had 15 points and Sandi Marcius added 10 to go along with a game-high nine rebounds.
The Pirates got out to a five point lead just over two minutes into the contest, but DePaul answered with a 10-0 run and led the rest of the first half. The Blue Demons hit 10 of their first 11 field goals and carried a 38-29 lead into the locker room.
Young, Marcius and McDonald accounted for 28 of DePaul's 38 first half points. The trio combined to shoot 11 for 12 in the first 20 minutes with Marcius and McDonald each going 2-for-2 from 3-point territory.
Edwin was the only Pirate to hit more than one field goal in the opening stanza as he entered the break with 12 points. The 6-foot-6 senior guard tallied three steals in the first half. Edwin got his fourth steal of the game in the second half, which tied him for seventh all-time on the BIG EAST career steals chart with Pittsburgh's Brandin Knight (149).
The Pirates responded out of the locker room by hitting 9-of-11 shots to start the second half, which helped power a 21-6 run that gave them their largest lead of the night. Edwin and Sina went back-to-back on threes sending The Hall out to a 50-44 advantage with 12:39 remaining.
The last 10 minutes saw three ties and two lead changes before the Blue Demons rattled off seven straight points within two minutes to go up for good. After Teague put Seton Hall on top 58-56 with a layup, Young knocked down a pair of free-throws to even the score with 3:37 to play. Then on DePaul's next offensive possession, McDonald hit a prayer well beyond the 3-point arc before the shot clock expired to regain the lead. Young capped the surge with a dunk in transition at the 1:28 mark to give the Blue Demons enough of a cushion to hold off the Pirates.
Edwin reached the 20-point plateau for the fourth straight game, and it marked the third consecutive contest he notched 21 points. Haralds Karlis (Riga, Latvia) handed out a career-high five assists with only one turnover in his third straight start. Auda dished out four as the tandem combined for nine of The Hall's 12 assists.
The Hall returns to the hardwood on Friday at the Prudential Center when the Pirates host Providence at 7 p.m. CBS Sports Network has the national telecast and the Seton Hall radio team of Dave Popkin and Jon Schaeffer can be heard on 970 AM (WNYM).