West Virginia 63

(18-9, 8-8 Big East)

Seton Hall 66

(12-15, 4-12 Big East)

    12:00 PM ET, March 5, 2005

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    WVU 17 4663
    HALL 28 3866

    Top Performers

    West Virginia: J. Herber 13 Pts, 8 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl

    Seton Hall: A. Sweet 12 Pts, 5 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Blk

    Seton Hall 66, West Virginia 63

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- John Allen scored 18 points and Seton Hall put a dent in West Virginia's NCAA tournament hopes by stunning the Mountaineers 66-63 in the Big East Conference regular-season finale for both teams on Saturday.

    Fellow senior Andre Sweet added 12 points and Jamar Nutter and Justin Cerasoli came up with big plays in the final 2:43 as the Pirates (12-15, 4-12) snapped a five-game losing streak and ended a four-game winning streak for West Virginia (18-9, 8-8).

    The Mountaineers, who had won 6-of-7, came into the game knowing they needed a win to impress the NCAA tournament selection committee.

    Now, they will probably have to win at least two games in next week's conference tournament to even have a chance at their first NCAA tournament berth since 1998.

    Tyrone Sally and Johannes Herber had 13 points apiece for West Virginia, which was held to a season-low 17 first-half points. Kevin Pittsnogle had 11 and Mike Gansey 10.

    The Mountaineers, who trailed by as many as 16 points late in the first half, got to within 54-52 when Pittsnogle converted a four-point play with 3:47 to go, a play on which Pirates center Kelly Whitney fouled out.

    However, Seton Hall never let West Virginia tie the game.

    Nutter converted a 3-point shot with 2:43 to go to push the lead to five points.

    West Virginia twice cut the lead to three points, but Nutter drove the lane for a layup with 1:01 to go to give Seton Hall a 61-56 lead. The basket came seconds after Nutter nearly turned the ball over and seemed to push a Mountaineer defender to get the ball back.

    After Sally drove the baseline to get West Virginia to within 61-58 with 51.9 seconds left, Cerasoli broke the Mountaineers' back with a long 3-pointer with 23.7 seconds to go.

    Gansey hit a 3-pointer to bring the Mountaineers within 64-61 with 11 seconds to go, but Donald Copeland made two free throws a second later to ice the game.

    Copeland finished with 10 points for Seton Hall, which shot 48.9 percent from the field and held West Virginia to 37.3 percent on 19-of-51 shooting.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 63 66
    FG Made-Attempted 19-51 (.373) 23-47 (.489)
    3P Made-Attempted 8-26 (.308) 8-17 (.471)
    FT Made-Attempted 17-23 (.739) 12-17 (.706)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (0/0) 20 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 16

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