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Seton Hall vs. Creighton final score: 3 things we learned from the Pirates' win

A 3-pointer in the dying moments of the ball game from the Seton Hall star vaults the Pirates over the Bluejays.

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Sterling Gibbs provided some theatrics, just as he did against Villanova in last year's Big East Tournament, and vaulted the Seton Hall Pirates over the Creighton Bluejays 68-67 on Saturday afternoon.

The Pirates and Bluejays were deadlocked for much of the second half with neither team moving an inch. While The Hall spent 23:13 in the lead, Creighton never seemed to waver and continually made strides, trading blows with the No. 19 team in the country. Will Artino's tip-in with 17 seconds remaining in the game looked to put the Bluejays in front for good. But, in the end, Sterling broke the hearts of the sellout crowd in Omaha, Nebraska and pushed the Pirates to a 13-3 record on the season.

Perhaps most notably, it's the first time since February 2000 that Creighton has lost back-to-back home games.

Here's what we learned from this Big East matchup on Saturday.

1. Sterling Gibbs is continuing to make a case for Big East Player of the Year

Should Gibbs come away with the hardware at the end of the season, we may look back to this game as one of the big reasons why. The point guard hit the 20-point threshold for the third time this season and it's the 14th time in the 2014-15 campaign that the junior has had a double digit outing. While playing 37 minutes, Gibbs had just two turnovers on the afternoon and added four assists and a steal to his "sterling" performance.

2. James Milliken proved his worth

Austin Chatman was feeling ill going into the game and didn't start, so Creighton was in need of a great performance elsewhere. And boy did they get it. James Milliken leapt into the headlines with a 20 point, four rebound and four assist performance. He played extremely well on both ends of the floor and stayed cool down the stretch, too. The Bluejays may not have come away with the win, but the loss certainly had nothing to do with the performance of Milliken.

3. The Pirates are still in need of refinement on the road

For whatever rhyme or reason, Seton Hall's road struggles continued on Saturday. They let a Creighton team that was 0-3 in conference heading into the afternoon hang around until the waning moments of the game, but were able to escape thanks to Gibbs' late-game heroics. They couldn't seem to find their shot, and despite a very good performance from Gibbs, the Pirates shot 43.1 percent from the field, 34.6 percent from the 3-point line, and 64.3 percent from the free throw line. The record will show that Seton Hall was able to grab a victory, but The Hall has to turn the corner here as the road tests will only get tougher.