Seton Hall 93, Saint Mary’s 82, OT
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP)—Jamar Nutter hit a go-ahead 3-pointer and freshman Eugene Harvey atoned for two missed free throws at the end of regulation with seven points in overtime to lead Seton Hall to a 93-82 victory over Saint Mary’s on Saturday.
Nutter finished with 24 points before fouling out with 40 seconds to play in leading the Pirates (4-1) to their third straight win. Paul Gause came off the bench and added a career-high 21 points and a school record-tying eight steals.
Harvey had 18 points, seven rebounds, five assists and four of the Pirates’ 14 steals in making fans forget the two free throws he missed with 3.1 seconds to play and the score tied at 76.
Brett Collins overcame two early fouls to score a season-high 28 points for Saint Mary’s (5-4). Ian O’Leary added 19 points before fouling out late in regulation, while Diamon Simpson had 16 points and nine rebounds.
Seton Hall never trailed in the overtime as Harvey banked in an off-balance driving layup for a 78-76 lead.
A 3-pointer by Collins eventually tied the game at 80 with 3:06 to play.
Nutter made sure the score didn’t stay tied long, coming off a screen to nail a 3-pointer from the right wing for an 83-80 lead. After Collins missed a 3-pointer at the other end, Harvey drove the lane, pump-faked and hit a layup that resulted in a three-point play and an 86-80 lead with 1:44 to play.
The Gaels never got closer than five points the rest of the way as Seton Hall forced three straight turnovers, including at least two steals by Gause.
Both teams had rallied in the second half.
With Collins leading the way, St. Mary’s turned an early 11-point second-half deficit into a 70-63 lead with 5:38 to play.
However, Seton Hall went on a 13-5 spurt and took a 76-75 lead on a 3-pointer by Nutter with 1:51 to play in regulation. Tron Smith had a chance to give Saint Mary’s the lead with a minute to go but he made only one of two free throws.
After a turnover by Nutter, Collins and Simpson both missed inside, setting the stage for Harvey to win it when he was fouled in the final seconds. He failed, but Seton Hall came back in the overtime.
Stan Gaines added 14 points for Seton Hall before fouling out with 3:03 to play.
Nutter and Gause combined for 15 points in a 17-0 first-half run that gave the Pirates a 21-9 lead. Nutter started the spurt with a foul-line jumper and added a 3-pointer and three free throws. Gause had an early 3-pointer and two layups off steals.