Seton Hall 69, Penn State 59
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP)—Freshman point guard Eugene Harvey scored a career-high 27 points and Paul Gause hit three late 3-pointers as Seton Hall overcame a woeful shooting exhibition and rallied to beat Penn State 69-59 on Saturday for their fifth straight win.
The Pirates (6-1) outscored Penn State (6-3) 36-14 in the final 12 minutes, including 21-6 in the final seven minutes when they rallied from a 12-point deficit.
Geary Claxton scored a career-high 29 points and added 11 rebounds for Penn State, which is now 5-28 on the road since Ed DeChellis took over as coach in 2004. David Jackson added 12 points. Jamelle Cornley, the Nittany Lions leading scorer, was limited to two points—13 below his average—playing on an ankle he hurt earlier this week.
What made the Pirates’ comeback so remarkable was that they had hit 13-of-49 shots from the field and 2-of-21 from 3-point range before Harvey and Gause woke them up on offense along with their pressing defense, which forced 21 Penn State turnovers.
Harvey got the final rally going by setting up center Grant Billmeier for two straight layups to get Seton Hall to within 53-52.
Gause, who missed his first five 3-pointers, then took over from long range. His first three gave the Pirates a 55-53 lead. After Claxton tied the game with two free throws with 4:37 to go, Gause connected again for a 58-55 lead. Claxton hit two more free throws to cut the lead to a point.
A shot in the lane by Brian Laing gave Seton Hall a 60-57 lead and, after Claxton made a free throw, Gause nailed his last 3-pointer for a 63-58 lead with 2:20 to play.
Harvey scored the final six points for Seton Hall, which finished 24-of-70 from the field, or 34.3 percent. The Pirates were even worse from 3-point range, shooting 18.5 percent on 5-of-27 shooting.
Penn State built an 11-point lead in the first half and it was up 45-33 with 11:55 to play when Cornley scored following a rare Claxton miss with a layup.
The Pirates picked up their press, and Harvey scored seven points in a 14-2 spurt that tied the game at 47 on two free throws by Davis. Claxton also picked up his third and fourth fouls in the run and had to go to the bench.
After an exchange of free throws, Danny Morrissey hit a 3-pointer and Jackson scored on a fastbreak to give Penn State a 53-48 lead.