Senior forward Herb Pope tallied a team-best 19 points and collected 14 rebounds to help the Seton Hall Pirates hold off the Pittsburgh Panthers 73-66 in a Big East Conference men's basketball game at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. The victory allowed the Pirates (17-8, 6-7 Big East) to earn back-to-back victories for the first time in over a month, while the Panthers (15-11, 4-9) dropped their second straight.
Senior guard Ashton Gibbs netted a game-high 26 points on 9-of-20 shooting for Pitt, which led 61-55 with 8:12 remaining in the game.
However, a 10-0 run helped the Pirates take a 65-61 lead with just under five minutes to go. From there, Seton Hall cemented the victory once Pitt's Nabir Robinson fouled Pope too hard and was whistled for a flagrant foul. Pope made all four free throws, eliminating any chance of a late comeback from the Panthers.
Freshman guard Aaron Crosby netted 19 points, while senior guard Jordan Theodore scored 15 and dished out nine assists.