NCAAB Game Recap - Villanova at Seton Hall
Wed Mar 4, 2020 8:30 PM EST

StFNY
58
RobM
59
F
TCU
66
Kansas
75
F
Bry
61
StFPA
87
F
MtStM
59
SacHr
61
F
Dayt
84
URI
57
F
FaDi
72
LongI
73
F
MorSt
67
TNSt
74
F(OT)
Wyo
80
ColSt
74
F
JacSt
61
E IL
67
F
SJSU
66
NM
79
F
FlaSt
73
ND
71
F
AF
77
Fres
70
F
Vill
79
Seton
77
F
GTown
76
Crei
91
F
TexAM
78
Aub
75
F
UVA
46
Mia-FL
44
F
NW
48
Wisc
63
F
Xav
74
Prov
80
F
TexSA
59
OlDom
84
F
N TX
43
Charl
56
F
FlAtl
82
Marsh
94
F
Tuls
61
Temp
51
F
SMU
58
UCF
61
F
Ford
63
GrgWas
52
F
StJon
55
Butl
77
F
LSU
90
Ark
99
F
Clem
58
VaTec
70
F
StJos
73
StBon
89
F
Niag
55
Sien
77
F
Manh
59
Rider
71
F
Fairf
45
Monm
69
F
Canis
85
Maris
69
F
UMass
75
LaSal
64
F
Quin
69
Iona
68
F
Minn
67
Ind
72
F
Fla
68
UGA
54
F
StLou
69
GMas
57
F
UTEP
60
MidTN
56
F
FlInt
73
LaTec
76
F
NOrl
73
NWSt
95
F
Rice
72
SoMis
57
F
HBU
88
InWor
76
F
SamH
60
TXAMC
71
F
CenAR
65
SeLA
69
F
McNee
56
Nich
80
F
KansSt
63
OkSt
69
F
Pitt
57
GaTec
73
F
Mizzu
67
Miss
75
F
CSNor
72
UCIrv
70
F

Mar 4, 2020, 8:30 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

(14) Villanova (23-7)

33

46

79

(8) Seton Hall (21-8)

30

47

77

No. 14 Villanova edges No. 8 Hall; Big East up for grabs
Thu Mar 5, 2020 12:08 AM

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) Villanova kept its chances alive for a piece of a sixth Big East Conference regular-season title in seven years by putting No. 8 Seton Hall's title hopes on hold.

Saddiq Bey scored 20 points and the No. 14 Wildcats overcame some late free-throw shooting woes to prevent the Pirates from clinching the league title with a 79-77 victory on Wednesday night.

"It was a great college basketball game," Villanova coach Jay Wright said. "I think they're one of the best teams in the country, I really do. We played Baylor, we played Kansas, I think they're right up there with those guys. So therefore, that's a hell of a road victory against a team that we have great respect for. So to come in here and do that, that's great effort from our guys."

Wright and Villanova (23-7, 12-5) not only won on the road, they did it without getting a point from the bench and in front of a crowd of 16,863, a record for a Seton Hall game at the Prudential Center.

Justin Moore and Jermaine Samuels added 19 points apiece and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl had nine points and 11 rebounds as the Wildcats opened the possibility of the league having a three-way tie for first place.

Collin Gillespie added 12 points for Villanova, which kept the game close by missing seven free throws in the final 1:03.

"It's basketball, man. We work on it," Wright said of the free-throw shooting. "We shoot. Sometimes they don't go in and you've got to be able to do other things. You can't be afraid to miss."

Sandro Mamukelashvili led Seton Hall (21-8, 13-4) with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Quincy McKnight added 16 points, six rebounds and seven assists and Myles Powell had 14 points and eight assists in their final home game.

The Pirates rallied from a 14-point second-half deficit and had a chance to tie the game with 5 seconds left, but Powell's 3-pointer bounced off the rim.

"This one was rough," said Powell, a preseason All-America choice. "My last time here. I didn't go out the way we wanted to but we fought. We fought until we saw zeros on that clock."

Samuels made 1 of 2 free throws with 3 seconds to play. Seton Hall rushed the ball up the court but didn't get a shot off before the buzzer.

The win was the sixth in seven games for Villanova after a three-game losing streak.

Down 27-22 with five minutes left in the half, Villanova went on a 31-12 run over the next 12 minutes and opened a 43-39 lead with 14:20 to play. The Wildcats, who were 5 of 30 from long range in a loss to Providence over the weekend, made eight 3-pointers, including a four-point play by Bey.

The Pirates would not go away. Over the next five minutes, they made four 3-pointers, including two by Reynolds, and got within five points and eventually down to three and then the last two-point margin. They never tied the game.

"Villanova is a Top 10 basketball team," Powell said. "They handled our runs. They handled our crowd. Their back was against the wall. That's Villanova basketball."

BIG PICTURE

Villanova: Can't be the No. 1 seed in conference tournament. Can be No. 2 if Hall beats Creighton. The only year Villanova did not either win the conference title or get a share of it was in 2017-18, when Xavier won it outright. Nova then won the conference tournament and national championship.

Seton Hall: The Pirates head into Saturday with a one-game lead over Villanova and No. 11 Creighton (23-8, 12-5), which beat Georgetown. They will win the title if they win at Creighton. If they lose and Nova beats Georgetown, it will be a three-way tie. Creighton would be the top seed in the tournament based on its sweeping the Hall and splitting with Wildcats. Hall would end up No. 3 seed for the tournament and Nova second.

"I feel we play better when our backs are against the wall anyway," Powell said. "We always tend to make it harder for ourselves."

SENIOR NIGHT

The Pirates honored Powell, McKnight, Gill and Asiah Avent before their final home game. Avent got his first career start and was pulled after 5 seconds.

UP NEXT

Villanova: Ends the regular season at Georgetown on Saturday.

Seton Hall: Finishes the regular season at No. 11 Creighton on Saturday.

"We never look back," Mamukelashvili said. "We have faith. We have positivity. We have everything on this team. As coach said, he came in gave us a couple of good words and he said: 'Let's just go to Creighton and win it."'

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Leaders

Villanova PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
C. Swider 0 0 0 2 0 0
B. Slater 0 0 0 0 0 0
Seton Hall PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
A. Avent 0 0 0 0 0 0
I. Obiagu 0 0 0 0 0 0

Team Comparison

Vill Seton
Points For 79 77
Field Goals 28/54-52% 28/64-44%
Three Pointers 13/32-41% 12/29-41%
Free Throws 10/18-56% 9/13-69%
Offensive Rebounds 7 10
Defensive Rebounds 25 23
Rebounds 32 34
Blocks 0 1
Steals 3 6
Turnovers 10 7
Personal Fouls 13 17
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Series Tied 1-1

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Sat Feb 8 Seton 70 @ Vill 64 M. Cale 2 C. Swider 3
Wed Mar 4 Vill 79 @ Seton 77 J. Robinson-Earl 9 J. Rhoden 3

Game Information

Stadium: Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey
Attendance: 16,863
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