Laing, Nutter lead Pirates to 64-61 win over Cincinnati
NEWARK, N.J. (AP)—Brian Laing scored 23 points, 16 in the second half, and Jamar Nutter scored 16 of his 20 points in the first half, leading Seton Hall to its fourth straight win, a 64-61 Big East victory over Cincinnati on Sunday afternoon.
The victory enabled Seton Hall (14-6, 4-3) to move into a four-way tie for third place in the Big East standings, the highest the Pirates have been situated in the league this late in the season in more than five years.
After the Bearcats (9-11, 4-4) jumped out to a 9-0 lead over the first four minutes of the game, Nutter exploded by scoring 11 of his team?s first 14 points. Nutter hit a 3-pointer to cap a 10-0 run that gave the Pirates the lead for good at 31-30 with 3:52 left in the first half.
The Pirates outscored the Bearcats, 20-6, over the final 10 minutes of the first half to take a 36-30 lead into intermission.
In the second half, Laing took over for the Pirates, scoring his team?s first seven points after halftime, keeping the Bearcats at bay.
Deonta Vaughn, who scored 15 points to lead Cincinnati, drew the Bearcats even at 53-53 with 6:43 left, but Laing answered with a 3-pointer and the Pirates never trailed from that point on.
Cincinnati had at least five chances to take either take the lead or tie the game in the closing minutes, but misfired on all five attempts from the perimeter.
Laing scored on a clutch baseline drive with 1:12 remaining, securing the victory. After Vaughn scored on a driving layup with five seconds left, Laing added one free throw with 2.6 seconds left for the final score.
Jeremy Hazell added 10 points for Seton Hall. Vaughn was the lone Cincinnati player to reach double figures.