The Tigers, who trailed 48-32 less than four minutes into the second half, used a full-court press to turn the game around. The Pirates committed 17 of their 26 turnovers the rest of the game.
Coleman gave LSU (5-0) the lead for good on a field goal with 2:15 left. Seton Hall committed turnovers on its next three possessions, while the Tigers made five foul shots—one by Coleman and two each by Andre Stringer and Charles Carmouche—to lead 70-64 with 19 seconds left.
Coleman was LSU’s top scorer with 18 points. Johnny O’Bryant had a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds, and Anthony Hickey and Stringer each had 10 points.
Brandon Mobley came off the bench and led the Pirates (5-2) with a career-high 17 points. Eugene Teague added 14 points, while both Aaron Cosby and Brian Oliver had 13.
Coleman gave LSU just its second lead of the night at 60-58 by making a short jumper with 6:06 left in the game. Malik Morgan followed with a 3-pointer to give the Tigers a five-point advantage. But back-to-back 3-pointers by Cosby and Fuquan Edwin put Seton Hall on top at 64-63 with 3:41 to play.
Mobley nearly set his career high in points in the opening 20 minutes. Coming off the bench, he scored 15 as Seton Hall took a 35-27 lead. Mobley’s three first-half 3-pointers matched his career-high in that category.
With the score tied at 14-14, the Pirates scored seven straight points on a field goal by Oliver, a 3-pointer by Kyle Smyth and two free throws by Mobley.
LSU reduced its deficit to 26-24 on a basket by Carmouche with 4:17 until halftime, but the Tigers didn’t make another basket the rest of the half. LSU’s only points came on foul shots—two by O’Bryant and one by Stringer. Meanwhile, Seton Hall extended its advantage on two baskets by Cosby, a 3-pointer by Mobley and two free throws by Teague.
The Pirates quickly increased their advantage to 14 points at the outset of the second half. Oliver and Cosby hit 3-pointers as Seton Hall went ahead 41-27 in the opening 20 seconds. A basket by Teague gave the Pirates a 46-30 lead less than three minutes into the second half.
LSU then went to the press and cut into Seton Hall’s big advantage. Trailing 52-39, the Tigers scored 13 consecutive points. Coleman made two baskets, while Hickey made a 3-pointer and two free throws. A basket by Shane Hammink tied the score at 52-52 with 8:57 to play.
Seton Hall ended its four-minute drought and regained the lead on a 3-pointer by Oliver. After a field goal by Edwin, Morgan knocked down a 3-pointer to bring LSU within two points at 57-55. The Tigers tied the score again at 58-58 on a three-point play by Coleman with 7:05 remaining.