Seton Hall Earns 69-64 Road Victory At Rutgers

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Rutgers Vs. Seton Hall Final Score: Pirates Earn 69-64 Road Victory

The Rutgers basketball program couldn't carry its Wednesday victory over the Villanova Wildcats (No. 9 in the AP poll and No. 10 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll) to a win Saturday night. Instead, it was the Seton Hall Pirates earning a 69-64 victory in a Big East Conference game at the Louis Brown Athletic Center in Piscataway, NJ.

Junior guard Jordan Theodore netted 11 of his 18 bench points in the first half to help SHU (11-14, 5-8 Big East) earn a 34-27 at halftime lead. Senior Jeremy Hazell scored 11 of his team-best 19 points in the second half to secure the Pirates victory and end a two-game losing streak. Junior forward Herb Pope chipped in with 12 points and six rebounds.

Rutgers (13-12, 4-9) began the second half with a quick 7-1 spurt, aided by senior forward Jonathan Mitchell who scored six of his team-best 24 points during the run, to cut the margin to 35-34 with 16:51 to play in the game. The contest remained close, 54-53 with 3:41 remaining, but the Scarlet Knights couldn't complete the comeback because SHU went 8-of-10 from the free-throw line in the last two minutes.

Freshmen forward Gilvydas Biruta scored 18 points for the Scarlet Knights. Senior guard James Beatty and freshman guard Austin Carrol each added eight.

Statistically, the Pirates shot 25-of-50 from the floor and 7-of-20 (35.0 percent) from behind the 3-point arc. Rutgers finished 23-of-53 (43.4) on field goals and 8-of-19 (42.1) on 3-pointers. SHU out rebounded Rutgers, 26-21. The Scarlet Knights committed 18 turnovers, while the Pirates had 14.

The Rutgers basketball schedule features the Scarlet Knights traveling to the Syracuse Orange next Saturday (4 p.m.). The following week, Rutgers hosts the Louisville Cardinals on Tuesday, Feb. 22.; then the West Virginia Mountaineers on Sunday, Feb. 27.

The Seton Hall basketball schedule features the Pirates playing host to the Villanova Wildcasts on Tuesday (8 p.m.); then traveling to the Marquette Golden Eagles on Saturday (9 p.m.).


Rutgers Vs. Seton Hall Halftime Score: Pirates Lead Scatlet Knights, 34-27

Senior guard Jeremy Hazell has netted eight points, while teammate junior guard Jordan Theodore has added team-best 11 points off the bench for the Seton Hall Pirates, who lead the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at halftime, 34-27, in a Big East Conference rivalry game at the Louis Brown Athletic Center in Piscataway, NJ. The Pirates (10-14, 4-8 Big East) trailed 11-5 early in the first half, but responded with a 8-0 run to take a 13-11 lead with 10:49 remaining. SHU, which lost to Rutgers (13-11, 4-8) earlier in the season, led by as much as eight points, 29-21, with 5:10 to go.

Freshman forward Gilvydas Biruta has a game-best 13points for Rutgers, who 9-of-25 (36 percent) from the field and 2-of-7 from 3-point land. Senior guard James Beattly added six points, while senior forward Jonathan Mitchell as just two points.

SHU finished the half 14-of-29 (48.3) and 5-of-13 from behind the 3-point arc. The Pirates have outrebounded the Scarlet Knights, 15-10. Rutgers has committed 10 turnovers, while SHU has just seven.


Rutgers Vs. Seton Hall: Scarlet Knights Host Rival Pirates

(Sports Network) -- The Rutgers basketball program hopes to keep the momentum going from a stunning upset of Big East power Villanova when the Seton Hall Pirates invade Louis Brown Athletic Center Saturday for a conference showdown.

Rutgers pulled off the improbable Wednesday, as senior Jonathan Mitchell was fouled on a game-tying three-pointer with 0.8 seconds left to play and sank the free throw to give the Scarlet Knights a memorable, 77-76, home triumph over No. 9 Villanova. The incredible turn of events capped off a comeback from down 10 with under three minutes remaining in regulation and gave Mitchell a career-high 25-point performance. Rutgers actually overcame a 13-point deficit in the second half by shooting 55.2 percent in the final period, including 7- for-11 (63.6 percent) showing from beyond the arc. Fellow senior James Beatty helped engineer the comeback with 12 of his 15 points coming over the final 4:05 of the contest. Dane Miller added 12 points as the Knights held off an equally impressive 55.8-percent shooting clip overall from Nova.

Seton Hall was on the opposite end of a spirited comeback against then No. 6 UConn last Saturday. The Pirates had the Huskies on the ropes, taking a five- point advantage at halftime to 14 in the second half before UConn's Kemba Walker led a furious comeback for the visitors. The Huskies' defense had as much to do with their eventual 61-59 triumph as Walker, holding Seton Hall without a field goal over the final 8:12 of the contest. The Pirates were clinging to a 57-55 lead with under three minutes to play before Walker drilled a three to give UConn its first lead since the 5:47 mark of the first half. SHU's Jeremy Hazell had his attempt at a game-tying bucket blocked with six ticks left on the clock. Hazell had a game-high 20 points and season-high 11 rebounds in defeat, while Jeff Robinson went for 15 and 11.

Rutgers downed the Pirates in Newark on January 22, 66-60, with 11 of the last 13 matchups decided by six points or less. The Scarlet Knights hold a 15-13 edge at home in the series but Seton Hall owns a 33-25 advantage all-time dating back to their first meeting in 1916.

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