Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Reax: Seton Hall 46, South Florida 42 (OT)
By Kieran Darcy
What it means: In the first game of the 2013 Big East tournament, No. 12 seed Seton Hall advanced to the second round, defeating No. 13 seed South Florida 46-42 in overtime at Madison Square Garden.
It wasn't pretty (see below), but the Pirates improved to 15-17 on the season, and will face No. 5 seed Syracuse on Wednesday. The Bulls' season comes to an end, with a final record of 12-19.
The turning point: South Florida jumped in front early, and led for almost the entire first half. Seton Hall briefly took the lead, 15-14, on a Eugene Teague bucket. But then the Pirates went nearly eight minutes without scoring a single point. The Bulls weren't much better offensively, but led 20-17 at halftime.
The second half was ugly as well, with both teams struggling to score. South Florida equaled its largest lead of the game, 37-29, on a Zach LeDay layup with 3:16 remaining. But Seton Hall scored the final eight points of regulation, capped off by a Fuquan Edwin layup with 18 seconds left, and we went to overtime.
Edwin hit another layup to give Seton Hall a 44-42 lead with 55 seconds remaining in OT. South Florida had two chances to tie or win the game from there. Anthony Collins missed a jumper with 25 seconds left, and after an offensive rebound, Victor Rudd missed a 3-pointer that would have given the Bulls the lead. Edwin sealed the win with two free throws.
Star watch: Edwin scored 14 of his game-high 17 points after halftime. He scored Seton Hall's final six points of regulation, and final four points of OT. Teague added 14 points and 10 rebounds.
LeDay, a freshman, had a team-high 13 points for South Florida -- only his fifth double-figure scoring game of the season. Rudd added 11 points.
Number crunch: South Florida had a 27-8 advantage on the offensive glass, yet lost the game. Why? The Bulls shot 24.2 percent from the field (16-for-66), and 19.2 percent from beyond the arc (5-for-26).
What’s next: Seton Hall versus Syracuse will be the second game of the Wednesday afternoon doubleheader, tipping off at approximately 2:30 p.m., following No. 8 Providence versus No. 9 Cincinnati at noon.
South Florida heads home to Tampa, and looks forward to next season.