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.
A DePaul team with just two wins in Big East play will look to repeat on Saturday what a Blue Demon team with two league wins did back in 2012: spoil Seton Hall’s NCAA bid.
NEWARK — Following a pedestrian first 10-15 minutes of action, Seton Hall came alive with some help from Desi Rodriguez and buried DePaul under a few inches of Newark snow and 31 points.
Prior to playing three road games in six days, Seton Hall (11-3, 1-1) will try to build upon a win over Marquette when they play host to bottom-feeding DePaul in a Saturday afternoon matinee.
Leading by just three with 10 minutes to play, Seton Hall used a 16-3 game-changing run and 25 second half points from Big East Player of the Year candidate Isaiah Whitehead (33 pts, 5 asts) to turn a close game into an 80-66 rout of DePaul at Allstate Arena.
Although their post-season life doesn’t hang by a thread this time around, Seton Hall will attempt to vanquish the ghost of Jamee Crockett when they take on ninth-place DePaul on Saturday afternoon in their Big East finale at Allstate Arena