New York City- The final game of the opening round of the Big East Tournament saw Seton Hall edge defending champion Georgetown 57-53.
It is almost unfathomable to believe Georgetown entered the game 0-19 in the Big East with their last win coming back on December 15th against Howard.
Georgetown had a ten point lead with four minutes remaining in the opening half. Seton Hall then closed out the half on a 7-0 run to cut the deficit to one possession.
At the half the numbers:
Offensive efficiency: Georgetown 84, Seton Hall 75
Key factor was offensive rebounding percentage. The Hoyas enjoyed a 54-25% edge in the category at the half.
The second half was back and forth in a game with 10 ties and four lead changes. Jamir Harris canned a three pointer with 40 seconds remaining to give the Hall the lead. A defensive stop on the other end followed by two Jared Rhoden free throws punched Seton Hall’s ticket to the quarterfinals.
Seton Hall’s Rhoden led the way with 17 points. Aminu Mohammed paced Georgetown with 12.
Seton Hall shot 39% and 35% from three. Georgetown was 31% on the night and 32% beyond the arc.
Offensive efficiency: Seton Hall 90, Georgetown 84
eFG%- Seton Hall 46, Georgetown 37
FT rate- Georgetown 16%, Seton Hall 12%
OREB%- Georgetown 46, Seton Hall 25
TO rate- Seton Hall 19%, Georgetown 25%
Georgetown continued its domination on the offensive boards. Hoyas were guilty of an excessively high turnover rate- a difference maker in the outcome.
Georgetown finished the campaign at 6-15. Seton Hall improved to 21-9 and faces UConn in the quarterfinals.
"We told them that even though the outcome wasn’t what we would have liked, we still had opportunities…Still have to be proud of them, proud of the effort and just have to regroup…It’s been a rough year. Can't do anything rash. Just gotta take a few days, regroup, think about what we want to do and then start the process." - Georgetown coach Patrick Ewing
"It shows the type of character these kids have. What’s really impressive is the leadership in the huddle. They don’t get excited. They stay focused and talk to each other in a really positive way…They’re older. , so they kind of know when they’re not playing well offensively…Sometimes you don’t have it offensively . It’s great you can depend on your defense." - Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard