Seton Hall stuns No. 8 Connecticut
Pirates snap 11-game losing streak to Huskies in process
NEWARK, N.J. -- Jordan Theodore scored all 19 of his points in the second half and Seton Hall ended almost 11 years of frustration by stunning No. 8 Connecticut 75-63 on Tuesday night in coach Kevin Willard’s biggest win since taking over the program last season.
Herb Pope added 15 points, and Fuquan Edwin and Aaron Cosby had 12 apiece as the Pirates (13-2, 2-1 Big East) beat Connecticut (12-2, 2-1) for the first time since March 3, 2001 -- a span of 11 games. The win also snapped the Huskies’ current seven-game overall winning streak.
Jeremy Lamb had 19 points for Connecticut, which was playing its final game without coach Jim Calhoun, who is serving a three-game NCAA suspension. Niels Giffey was the only other Huskie in double figures with 11.
Associate head coach George Blaney ran the team in Calhoun’s absence and he picked up a crucial technical foul early in the second half for arguing with the officials on a non-call on a shot with his team down 10.
|TOP 25 SCORES|
|No. 2 Kentucky 73, Arkansas-Little Rock 51|
|No. 6 Ohio State 71, Nebraska 40|
|No. 7 Missouri 87, Oklahoma 49|
|Seton Hall 75, No. 8 Connecticut 63|
|No. 10 Mich. State 63, No. 18 Wisconsin 60 (OT)|
|No. 11 Louisville 73, St. John's 58|
|No. 13 Florida 79, UAB 61|
|Fordham 60, No. 22 Harvard 54|
Theodore, who also had 11 assists, made both free throws and that seemed to get him back on track after missing his first seven shots in the game.
With the Pirates leading 45-36 with just over 12 minutes to play, Theodore hit three 3-pointers and Cosby added another in a 12-6 spurt that pushed the lead to 57-42 and put the game away.
By the final minutes, Willard cleared his bench and the fans at the Prudential Center were chanting “Over-rated” at the young Huskies, who will probably be met by an unhappy Calhoun on Wednesday. He will coach in his first Big East game of the season on Saturday at Rutgers.
This game, however, was all Seton Hall after a slow start. That was remarkable, considering the Pirates had lost 25 of the last 27 games against Connecticut.
Seton Hall never trailed after closing the first half with a 16-3 spurt that Cosby ignited with a 3-pointer and Pope finished by putting back his own shot at the buzzer.
Things didn’t look good for the Pirates early. Lamb hit a 3-pointer to cap a game-opening 11-2 spurt and Willard was forced to call an early timeout.
The next 16 or so minutes belonged to the Pirates. They outscored Connecticut 33-11 and took a 35-22 halftime lead. Edwin scored eight points in the run, Pope had seven and reserve Brandon Mobley added eight points and seven rebounds.
Connecticut did little right during a game in which the officials let the teams go at it, especially underneath. The Huskies made 4 of 19 shots after their initial run, turned the ball over 13 times in the half and had trouble getting the ball inside to Drummond.