(Seton Hall’s Myles Cale and Creighton’s Mitch Ballock)
Seton Hall staged a late comeback to stun Creighton, 81-75, on Sunday at CHI Health Center Omaha, their second victory over the Blue Jays in eight days.
The Pirates trailed Creighton by six points, 73-67, with 4:33 remaining in the game before closing it out on a 14-2 run.
Back on February 9th at the Prudential Center, it was the nearly the same scenario, as Seton Hall trailed Creighton by six, 54-48, with 3:43 left on the clock before closing the game on a 15-4 run. Powell scored 13 of those 15 points for the Hall.
Seton Hall improved to 7-6 in Big East Conference play, tied for third with St. John’s. They improved their overall record to 16-9.
Myles Cale led The Hall with 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the field, inlcuding 2-5 from behind the arc, with 3 rebounds and 2 assists.
Myles Powell had 19 points on 5-12 shooting, including 5-10 on threes, with 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Sandro Mamukelashvili posted 17 points (7-12 FG, 3-6 threes) and nine rebounds, just missing a double-double, and 2 assists. Quincy McKnight added 16 points (6-11 FG, 1-2 threes), 4 rebounds, and 4 assists, and he also tied a career high with six steals, including four in the final 2:42 of the game.
Seton Hall’s comeback began with Mamukelashvili making a layup at the 4:16 mark of the second half to make it 73-69 Creighton.
It stayed that way for almost the next two minutes, until McKnight made a dunk at 2:39, then soon after, he forced Davion Mintz to commit a turnover. Myles Cale them made a layup to tie it at 73 with 1:38 remaining.
With 1:12 left, McKnight stole it from Creighton’s Mitch Ballock, but then his dunk attempt was blocked by Ty-Shon Alexander.
Mamukelashvili then got the offensive rebound, and Seton Hall slowed it down, and they found Powell for a three-pointer to give them a 76-73 lead with 48.5 seconds left.
The Pirates then delivered the knockout punch on defense, as Mamukelashvili blocked a Mintz jumper with 37 seconds left. Cerighton recovered, but then McKnight stole it from Marcus Zegarowski with 29 seconds left.
McKnight was fouled by Zegarowski and he drained his ensuing free throws to make it 78-73.
Creighton raced to the other end, and Zegarowski got off a quick three, which he missed with 24 seconds left. Powell got the rebound, and dribbled it around for five seconds before he was fouled by Mintz. He drained a pair of free throws to make it 80-73, making it a 13-0 run at that point and basically sealing the win.
Seton Hall earned its third quadrant one victory of the season as well as its 12th KenPom Top 100 victory, based on KenPom rankings right after the game.