Seton Hall staves off late collapse in 82-79 win at DePaul

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Seton Hall nearly blew a 20-point second half lead and lost Ish Sanogo to a sprained ankle but ultimately prevailed with a crucial 82-79 win over DePaul to keep their NCAA dreams alive.

Seton Hall got off to a slow offensive start but a good one defensively by registering four early steals and 10 total, but DePaul was able to hold a 23-22 lead at the under-four.

As has been the case on several occasions this season, it was freshman Myles Powell (15 pts) who brought the offense to life with eight points during a crucial 13-4 run to close the half.

Seton Hall then came out of the locker room at the same speed they went into it by tacking on eight-straight points to build a 21-4 overall run that gave the Hall a 16-point cushion.

The Pirates would then grow their lead to 49-29 with 16:26 to play just after Ish Sanogo sprained his ankle and left the game early in the second half. 

Things then got rocky.

A 14-1 DePaul run cut their deficit to just 55-50 prior to Seton Hall answering with an 18-5 of their own before their hosts made Pirate fans everywhere bite their fingernails.

Seton Hall led by 14 with 6 to play but allowed a feisty DePaul team to draw within a point with less than a minute to play via some porous defense and suspect shot selection considering their lead.

But four clutch foul shots from Khadeen Carrington (18 pts, 6 asts) and Powell would stave off a heart-breaking defeat over the closing seconds.

Angel Delgado (16 pts, 10 rebs) put up his 10th double-double in a row while Desi Rodriguez (19 pts, 5 rebs, 4 asts) scored 15 of his 19 in the second half.