Prudential Center—Seton Hall definitely misses the sharp shooting of Myles Powell in clutch situation.
SHU won four straight games and two in a row at home entering Sunday’s contest against the Friars at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.
The Pirates winning streak was snapped when A.J. Reeves hit a three-pointer in the final seconds of overtime to give Providence an 80-77 victory.
Takal Molson missed a game-tying three at the buzzer for the Pirates (5-4, 2-1 Big East.).
This was the 11th all-time overtime game between the Hall and the Friars. Providence have the edge there, 7-4. Seton Hall had won the two previous OT games in 2013 and 2017.
The Friars hadn’t played in 11 days because of COVID-19 issues and was led by Nate Watson who had 23 points, tying his career high, and 11 rebounds, David Duke chipped in 18 points and 10 rebounds for the win.
Duke who curled in from the right side of a screen drove for a score with about five ticks left on the clock. He stop without drawing a travel call and hit Reeves with a nice bounce pass who was wide open in the corner.
“Obviously we thought it was a travel,” Seton Hall Myles Cale said. “But at the end of the day we’ve got to blame ourselves for that loss. We let them come back. He (Duke) made a good pass and A.J. Reeves made a good shot.”
Reeves scored seven points for the Friars (5-2, 1-0 Big East), which has won its last three.
SHU’s Sandro Mamukelashvili converted a three-point play to even the score at 72 with eight seconds left in regulation to send the game to overtime. Mamukelashvili scored 20 points and six assists the Hall (5-4, 2-1), whose four-game win streak ended. Jared Rhoden and Myles Cale each had 16 points.
Seton Hall blew a nine-point lead in the second half. Since 2015-16, the program is now 105-14 when the lead extends to seven points or more at any point in the contest.
Providence (5-2, 1-0) snapped a five-game losing streak at the Rock.
The Pirates shot 44 percent for the game (27-for-62), 33 percent from three (7-for-21) and 76 percent at the free throw line (16-for-21). Providence shot 47 percent from the floor (29-for-62), 50 percent from three (9-for-18) and 81 percent at the line (13-for-16).
Both teams was tied at the break at 72 but the momentum was swinging in the direction of the Friars with their up tempo style of play in the second half.
With the score knotted at 77-77 and under two minutes left in overtime, the Pirates missed three straight open jumpers. Shavar Reynolds, who has hit some big shots in the clutch missed a big one in the waning moments of the game. Mamukelashvili, who has the green light to shoot the ball also missed a shot.
The loss snaps a five-game home winning streak vs. the Friars. PC’s last win at Prudential Center came in March 2015.
Providence pounded the glass with a 38-32 advantage, but the Pirates had more points on the blocks, 38-34.
The Pirates capitalized on the Friars’ turnovers, scoring 18 points off PC’s 15 giveaways but had a problem in closing out on open shooters.