Louisville 91, Seton Hall 70
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP)—Reece Gaines scored 23 points and Louisville ran off a 33-3 spurt in a span bridging the end of the first half and the start of the second in defeating Seton Hall 91-70 on Saturday.
Ellis Myles, Bryant Northern and Francisco Garcia all added 12 points for the Cardinals in the first game between the schools since Louisville knocked off then No. 1 Seton Hall 73-67 on March 2, 1953.
Louisville (3-1) had six players in double figures and shot 57.6 percent from the field for the game, including 67.7 percent in the second half, when it went 21-for-31 from the field. The Cardinals’ bench had a 42-4 scoring advantage against Seton Hall (3-2).
Andre Barrett had 23 points and freshman center Kelly Whitney added 20 for Seton Hall, which seemed in control after scoring nine straight points to take a 33-21 lead with 3:47 to go in the first half.
After New Jersey native Taquan Dean missed a shot for Louisville, Barrett missed a wide open 3-pointer that could have pushed the Pirates’ lead to 15 points.
After that, Louisville dominated. The Cardinals closed the first half with a 16-3 run featuring four 3-pointers, and opened the second half with the first 17 points.
During the run, the Cardinals hit 10 of their first 11 shots and made 5-for-6 from the free-throw line. They also held Seton Hall to 1-for-6 from the field and forced eight turnovers in the early going of their comeback, which turned a 12-point deficit into a 54-37 lead.
Eric Brown hit two 3-pointers, Gaines had one and Dean nailed another at the buzzer to tie the game at 37.
Gaines took over at the start of the second half, sandwiching a jumper and a long 3-pointer around a steal and layup by Luke Whitehead in igniting the 17-point run. Gaines and Northern each had five points in the run.
Seton Hall, which looked out of sorts playing Monmouth on Thursday, started 8-for-11 from the field in building a 20-9 lead. Garcia hit three baskets, including two 3-pointers to help cut the deficit to 24-21.
The Pirates had one more spurt but it paled in comparison to the one Louisville came back with to win the game.