It was from easy, but the Seton Hall men's basketball team escaped its season opener with a 75-71 overtime win over St. Francis (NY) at the Prudential Center on Saturday. The Pirates were in serious danger of losing the game in regulation, trailing the Terriers by two points with four seconds remaining.
Out of a time out, senior guard Jordan Theodore then made a leaner to cap a 6-0 Pirates run and send the game into overtime with 1.1 seconds left on the clock. The bucket accounted for two of Theodore's game-high 25 points and helped salvage a game in which Seton Hall trailed most of the way. He then converted a three-point play to start the overtime period and put the Pirates ahead for good.
Seton Hall's freshman struggled in the opener, but senior forward Herb Pope helped the cause with an impressive 21-point, 14-rebound performance. Swingman Travis Nichols set the pace for the Terriers, scoring 25 points and grabbing 14 rebounds of his own.