USF squeaks by No. 24 Seton Hall
Bulls close out game on 14-3 run, come back to upset Pirates
TAMPA, Fla. -- Ron Anderson scored 14 points and helped South Florida come back to beat No. 24 Seton Hall 56-55 on Friday night.
Anderson had six points in a game-ending 14-3 run, Jawanza Poland made a long 3-pointer to tie it at 53 and Toaryln Fitzpatrick’s three-point play put the Bulls (10-8, 3-2 Big East) ahead for good with just under a minute to go.
|TOP 25 SCORES|
|No. 23 Creighton 87, Illinois State 78|
|South Florida 56, No. 24 Seton Hall 55|
Seton Hall, ranked for the first time in 11 years, trimmed its deficit to one on its only field goal in the final six minutes. Jordan Theodore led the Pirates (15-3, 4-2) with 16 points but missed the front end of a 1-and-1 opportunity with a chance to put his team ahead with 3.8 seconds remaining.
Poor offensive execution against USF’s 1-3-1 zone doomed Seton Hall down the stretch. Coming out of a timeout during the crucial stretch in which Anderson made a layup and Poland followed with his 3-pointer that wiped out the remainder of what had been a 10-point lead, the Pirates had two turnovers and a shot clock violation.
Patrik Auda’s putback with 24 seconds remaining was Seton Hall’s only field goal after Aaron Cosby’s 3-pointer put the Pirates up 52-42.
Fuquan Edwin scored a career-high 28 points Tuesday night to help the Pirates cruise past DePaul in their first game as a ranked team since 2001. Facing the Big East’s second-ranked scoring defense turned out to be a much bigger challenge in the largely empty 20,000-seat Tampa Bay Times Forum as the sophomore was limited to four points on 2-of-5 shooting.
USF tied it 27-27 at the half on a 3-pointer by Poland, who missed a critical free throw late to give Seton Hall a chance to win it at the end. The Bulls led 33-29 before going cold from the field and gradually watching Theodore and Haralds Karlis lead an 18-5 run that seemingly put Seton Hall in control.
Theodore began the push with a pair of layups, then made a long 3-pointer to put the Pirates on top for good. Karlis, a 6-foot-5 freshman from Latvia who was averaging just 3.2 points per game, added the next nine points in the surge to put the Pirates up 47-38. Cosby’s 3-pointer gave them their biggest lead of the night with six minutes to go.
The loss stopped Seton Hall’s four-game winning streak. The Pirates, off to their best start in the Big East since the 1999-2000 season, have won 12 of their past 14. The only other loss during that stretch was to top-ranked Syracuse.