Seton Hall 79, Princeton 41
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP)—Brian Laing scored 17 points and Seton Hall shredded the nation’s top-rated defense with 54 percent shooting from the field in posting a 79-41 victory over Princeton on Monday night.
Eugene Harvey added 13 points and Stan Gaines had ten as the Pirates (12-9) of the Big East Conference snapped a season-high three-game losing streak by handing Princeton (9-7) one of its worst losses in school history. The 38-point margin of defeat was the largest since a 77-34 loss to Cornell in 1946.
The last time the Tigers were beaten anywhere as badly was a 37-point setback to Duke at the start of the 2000-01 season.
The 79 points were the most surrendered this season by Princeton. The Tigers of the Ivy League came into the game leading the nation in fewest points allowed (50.5).
Noah Savage had ten points to lead Princeton, which has now lost a season-high three straight games. The common thread has been opponents who have shot at least 54 percent.
Seton Hall, which was coming off a double overtime loss to Rutgers on Saturday, never trailed after Paul Gause converted a three-point play in the opening minutes.
The Tigers stayed close for about four minutes, pulling within 7-6 on a layup by Luke Owings. Seton Hall then went on a 28-8 run that featured six 3-pointers, including two apiece by Laing and Jamar Nutter.
The Pirates led 41-21 at halftime and then blew the game open in the opening minutes of the second half, hitting ten of their first 14 shots. Laing had two baskets and Gaines added three.
Freshman Larry Davis added eight points and eight assists for the Pirates.
Kyle Koncz, the Tigers leading scorer with a 9.6 average, did not play because of a foot injury.