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Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Seton Hall 73, G'town 55

By Kieran Darcy



NEWARK, N.J. -- A quick take on Seton Hall's 73-55 win over No. 8 Georgetown on Tuesday night at the Prudential Center.

WHAT IT MEANS: Seton Hall picks up its biggest win of the season -- a victory which will shoot to the top of its NCAA tournament résumé, and virtually clinch the Pirates' first bid to the Big Dance since 2006.

Seton Hall is now 19-9 overall, 8-8 in the Big East. Georgetown drops to 20-6, and 10-5 in the conference, after its most lopsided defeat of the season.

THE SKINNY: After falling behind 2-0, Seton Hall surged to the lead and played with it for almost all of the first half. Jordan Theodore scored 12 points in the first 20 minutes, and his two free throws with 1.3 seconds left gave Seton Hall a 35-28 lead at intermission, matching its largest lead of the game. The Pirates looked every bit the Hoyas' equal, making shots and in control at both ends of the floor.

Seton Hall picked up right where it left off after the break. Aaron Cosby, who did not attempt a shot in 16 minutes in the first half, drained two big jumpers early in the second half. Then Theodore took over again. Once the Pirates extended the lead to double digits, they never looked back. Seton Hall led by as many as 22, and won going away.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Theodore, who has talked all season about how desperate he is to play in the NCAA tournament, played like a man on a mission tonight. The senior point guard finished with a career-high 29 points -- shooting 8-for-11 from the field, 5-for-5 from 3-point range, and 8-for-8 from the foul line -- against one of the best defensive teams in the country. He also had five assists and four rebounds.

Georgetown did not have a single player in double figures.

NUMBER CRUNCH: We said in our preview earlier today that 3-point shooting would be a key factor -- and it was. Playing against the sixth-best team in the country defending against the 3-point shot, Seton Hall made eight of 13 attempts from beyond the arc.

WHAT'S NEXT: Seton Hall will host Rutgers (12-15, 4-10 Big East) here at The Rock on Saturday at 5 p.m. The Pirates beat the Scarlet Knights 59-54 in Piscataway on Feb. 8, in Round 1 of the intrastate rivalry.

Seton Hall then wraps up the regular season at DePaul (11-16, 2-13 Big East) on March 3.