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Rapid Reaction: DePaul 64, Seton Hall 60

1/22/2015

NEWARK, N.J. -- A few quick thoughts on No. 24 Seton Hall's 64-60 loss to DePaul on Thursday at the Prudential Center:

What it means: Seton Hall is in a midseason swoon, and needs to right the ship fast.

The Pirates have now lost three of their past four games, including back-to-back home losses to Butler and DePaul. They can kiss their national ranking goodbye, at least for now.

Seton Hall drops to 13-5 overall, and 3-3 in the Big East. DePaul improves to 11-9 overall, and 5-2 in the Big East. Shockingly, the Blue Demons are now in a three-way tie for first place in the conference with Georgetown and Providence.

The turning point: This one was ugly from the start. Seton Hall fell behind by as many as 10 points in the first half but closed to within 36-33 at intermission.

DePaul extended its lead back to 10 early in the second half, but Seton Hall answered with a 12-0 run to go up 45-43 with 14:23 left. The Pirates opened up their largest lead, 55-47, on a Jaren Sina 3-pointer with 5:46 left but couldn't put away the Blue Demons.

Trailing 62-60 with 16.3 seconds left, Seton Hall had a chance to tie the score -- Stephane Manga drove into the paint and tried to dish the ball off to Angel Delgado but turned it over. DePaul's Rashaun Stimage was fouled and missed the second of two free throws, but teammate Myke Henry secured the offensive rebound and subsequently hit the game-sealing freebie.

Star watch: Delgado did everything he could for Seton Hall in this game, posting a monster double-double -- 19 points and 19 rebounds. Sterling Gibbs, the third-leading scorer in the Big East (17.2 ppg) scored only eight points, shooting 2-for-16 from the field.

Henry and Billy Garrett Jr. had 14 points apiece for DePaul.

Number crunch: Believe it or not, Seton Hall made only one shot from outside the paint in the entire game -- the Sina 3-pointer. The Pirates shot 18-for-60 from the field (30 percent), 1-for-16 from beyond the arc, and 23-for-35 from the foul line. Yikes.

Also, there were an astounding 55 fouls called in the game -- 29 on DePaul, 26 on Seton Hall.

What's next: Seton Hall plays at Butler on Sunday at 3 p.m. DePaul plays at Xavier on Saturday at noon.