Jeremy Hazell's 31 Points Propel Seton Hall Past St. John's, 84-70

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Seton Hall 84, St. John's 70 Final Score: Jeremy Hazell's 31 Points Helps Beat Visiting Red Storm

Senior forward Jeremy Hazell scored a season-best 31 points to help the Seton Hall Pirates beat the No. 15 St. John's Red Storm, 84-70, in a Big East Conference contest at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. Hazell nailed nine 3-pointers for the Pirates (12-17, 6-11 Big East), who made 18-of-32 (56.3 percent) from behind the 3-point arc. Hazell, who netted 12 first-half points, shot a blistering 9-of-14 (64.3) from the floor.

Senior guard Dwight Hardy netted a team-best 23 points for the Red Storm (19-10, 11-6 Big East), who were trying to hold onto to their double-bye spot in the Big East standings, but failed. Now, St. John's is tied for fourth place with the Syracuse basketball program (24-6, 11-6) and can only earn a double-bye in the upcoming Big East Tournament, March 8-12, if: The Syracuse Orange lose Saturday to last-place DePaul Blue Demons (4 p.m.) and St. John's defeats the South Florida Bulls (8 p.m.). Earlier in the season, the Orange (24-6, 11-6) defeated the Red Storm, 76-59, Jan. 12, and earned the head-to-head tiebreaker.

SHU, who led 34-30 at halftime, held St. John's without a field goal in the game's last 5:51. Freshman forward Fuquan Edwin chipped in with 19 points, while teammate junior guard Theodore Jordan added 14 points.

Senior forward D.J. Kennedy tallied 12 points and seven rebounds for St. John's, which had its six-game winning streak snapped.




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Seton Hall 34, St. John's 30 Halftime Score: Jeremy Hazell's 12 Points Helps Pirates Take Lead

Senior forward Jeremy Hazell has scored a game-best 12 points to help the Seton Hall Pirates earn a 34-30 halftime lead against the No. 15 St. John's Red Storm in a Big East Conference contest at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. Hazell nailed three 3-pointers for the Pirates (11-17, 5-11), while teammate junior guard Jordan Theodore has chipped in with 10 points.

Senior guard Dwight Hardy has a team-best 10 points for the Red Storm (19-9, 11-5 Big East), who are trying to hold onto to their fourth-place spot in the Big East standings. If St. John's can win its next two games -- the Johnnies host the South Florida Bulls in their regular-season finale -- then it will earn a double-bye in the upcoming Big East Tournament, March 8-12.

Statically, St. John's is 11-of-26 (42.3 percent) from the floor and 2-of-6 (33.3) from behind the 3-point line. Seton Hall is 12 for 20 (60.0) on field goals and 7 for 11 on 3-pointers. The Pirates outrebounded the Red Storm, 13-12. However, SHU has 12 turnovers to St. John's seven.

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St. John's Vs. Seton Hall Preview: Red Storm Try To Hang On To Double-Bye Bid

The St. John's basketball (No. 15 in both college basketball polls) faces a must-win game Thursday night against the Seton Hall Pirates in a Big East Conference contest at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ (7 p.m. on ESPN2). The Red Storm (19-9, 11-5 Big East) are riding a six-game winning streak and trying to hold onto their fourth-place spot in the Big East standings. If St. John's can win its next two games -- the Johnnies host the South Florida Bulls in their regular-season finale -- then it will earn a double-bye in the upcoming Big East Tournament, March 8-12.

St. John's, which finished in 13th place in the Big East standings last season, defeated the Villanova Wildcats last Saturday, 81-68, while the Pirates (11-17, 5-11) have lost three consecutive games. Last Saturday, SHU lost on the road to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 60-48.

Senior point guard Dwight Hardy is St. John's leading scorer with 17.9 points per game. The standout guard gets some help from teammates senior forwards Justin Brownlee (12.1 ppg) and D.J. Kennedy (10.5 ppg). The Red Storm are posting 70.1 ppg while holding opponents to 65.8 ppg. Jeremy Hazell is the Pirates best scorer averaging  18.5 ppg. SHU is generating 66.2 ppg, while allowing 65.0 ppg to foes.

-- Information for this preview was provided by Sports Network.




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