The Seton Hall Pirates headed into their third Big East game by hosting the No. 8 Connecitcut Huskies on Tuesday night. The unranked Pirates looked like solid underdogs in the matchup, but by the time they had opened a 20-point lead midway through the second half, they seemed to have made a case for themselves being taken seriously as a national threat. They ended up handing the Huskies their first Big East loss of the season with a 75-63 victory.
UConn seemed to be on the road to another easy win as they opened up an 11-2 lead early in the first half. The Pirates soon roared to life, taking a 14-13 lead at 11:24 on a Fuquan Edwin layup and kept piling on the points, heading into halftime with a 35-22 lead.
The Pirates opened up a 20-point lead in the second half before the Huskies started coming back, but it was too little, too late for UConn. The Huskies actually outscored the Pirates 41-40 in the second half, but the early deficit was too much to overcome. Both teams are now 2-1 in conference play, as Seton Hall's record improves to 13-2.
Jordan Theodore led all Pirates scorers with 19 points, picking up a double-double with 11 assists. Edwin also managed a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
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