Seton Hall can’t finish upset with loss to No.15 Villanova

PHILADELPHIA – There was a loose ball that led to a 3-pointer by Villanova’s Chris Arcidiacono 3-pointer. There were two missed offensive rebounds on final possession.

Had the ball bounced its way to Seton Hall in either of these cases, perhaps the Pirates would have beaten number 15 Villanova for their fourth straight win. Instead, they couldn’t find the clutch rebound and went home after a frustrating 73-67 17,803 loss at the Wells Fargo Center.

Brandon Slater’s layup with 1:27 to go gave Villanova the advantage for good. Pirates’ Kadary Richmond, so good for most of the afternoon, missed a 3-pointer that could have given Seton Hall the lead, then turned the ball over in the dying seconds as his side tried to get away rally.

But the game was truly lost when Seton Hall got two saves but couldn’t get an offensive rebound and had to send Justin Moore to the free throw line. He hit both attempts with 16.5 seconds left to extend the Wildcats lead to four.

It was a gallant effort from Seton Hall, who held the lead with just over three minutes to go. Richmond played one of their best games of the season, recording 16 points and five assists. Tray Jackson also had 16 points and Alexis Yetna added six points and 15 rebounds. Moore and Jermaine Samuels each scored 16 points for Villanova.

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Early in the second half, Villanova raced 10-2 to turn a four-point deficit into their biggest lead of the game to that point at 45-41.

The race was facilitated by a technical foul on the Seton Hall bench. The Pirates felt Samuels was in the lane for over three seconds, leading to a 3-point Caleb Daniels. Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard called a timeout to calm his side down, and they responded with 11 straight points to come back ahead 52-45 off a deep 3-pointer Jamir Harris with 10:58 left.

Then it was Villanova coach Jay Wright’s turn to turn things around with a time out. The Wildcats regained the lead on Samuels’ three-point play with 7:18 left, capping a 9-0 flurry. And when Arcidiacono hit a 3-pointer after a rush, the Wildcats had their biggest lead (62-57) with 4:32 to go, setting the stage for a dramatic end in which the lead changed five times in the past. last five minutes.

Ike Obiagu blocks a shot for Seton Hall.

Richmond was the better performer through the opening 20 minutes, leading Seton Hall with 11 points and two assists. He sliced ​​through Villaniova’s defense deep, hitting a pair of 3-pointers, and got into the lane to create openings.

As a team, Seton Hall started strong from 3-point field, hitting six of their first nine attempts en route to an early 21-15 advantage. The Wildcats responded with a 12-3 push behind seven points from Samuels, and Seton Hall led 32-29 at the break.

The margin would have been wider had the Pirates taken better care of the ball. Their nine mostly unforced turnovers, leading to 14 Villanova points, dampened their advantage beyond the 3-point line. The Wildcats went just 3-for-12 deep and shot just 38% from the field overall.

New York Post

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