Eugene Harvey scores 27 to lead Seton Hall over Monmouth
NEWARK, N.J. (AP)—Sophomore guard Eugene Harvey matched his career high with 27 points and Seton Hall opened overtime with an 11-2 run to beat Monmouth 89-81 on Sunday in the Pirates first game in their new home arena.
Brian Laing added 18 points and 10 rebounds for Seton Hall (1-0), which played in the Prudential Center for the first time after using the Meadowlands as their home for the past 25 seasons.
Jhamar Youngblood had 27 points for the Hawks (0-2), who fell to 0-9 all-time against Seton Hall and 0-31 against Big East opponents.
Monmouth, which trailed by 20 points late in the first half, took the last of its six leads at 72-70 on a rebound basket by George Barbour with 11 seconds left in regulation. Harvey was fouled with 5.5 seconds to play and made both free throws to tie it, and Whitney Coleman’s 25-footer from the right side hit the rim at the regulation buzzer.
The Pirates dominated the overtime as Larry Davis hit a 3-pointer and Harvey added four more points for a 79-72 lead and the Hawks were never closer than five points the rest of the way.
Freshman R.J. Rutledge had 13 points for Monmouth.
The Prudential Center, which is also the home of the New Jersey Devils, can seat 18,000 for basketball, but Seton Hall will limit the capacity to about 9,000 with curtains closing off the upper level. The attendance Sunday was announced at 6,711.
Monmouth opened the second half with a 14-6 run capped by a three-point play by Youngblood that made it 41-36 with 15:55 left in regulation.
The Hawks were able to get back in the game by cutting down on turnovers against Seton Hall’s zone press. After committing 16 turnovers in the first half, Monmouth finished with 23.
Harvey had 27 points against Penn State last season.