EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Mohamed Hachad connected on a
backdoor layup with 3.3 seconds left, giving Northwestern a 44-42
victory over Seton Hall Sunday.
Vedran Vukusic scored 18 points, including a huge 3-pointer with
50 seconds remaining that briefly gave Northwestern (5-4) a 42-39
lead. Stan Gaines then tied the game for the Pirates 20 seconds
later with a 3-pointer of his own, setting up Hachad's game-winning
Seton Hall (6-3) had a chance to win the game, but Donald
Copeland's 3-point attempt bounced off the rim as the buzzer
It was a slow paced game that featured horrific shooting from
both teams. Seton Hall shot 23 percent (12 of 51) and connected on
just 5 of 30 shots in the second half. Seton Hall also had 20
turnovers. Northwestern was not much better, shooting 30 percent
(16 of 52).
Copeland was the lone Seton Hall player to reach double figures
with 14 points.
Seton Hall jumped out to a quick 13-2 lead in the first four
minutes, thanks to three straight 3-pointers by Copeland. The
Pirates held the Wildcats to just two points for the first nine
minutes of the game.
But then Vukusic caught fire, first hitting a long 3-pointer
that seemed to invigorate Northwestern, then hitting two running
jumpers, cutting the lead to 18-17 with 5:27 left. Vukusic's two
free throws with 4:09 left gave Northwestern a 21-18 lead, before
Copeland's two free throws with 1:27 left cut the lead to 21-20 at
Seton Hall took the lead in the second half with five points,
and held the lead for most of the half, until Vukusic made a
driving layup with 4:23 left, putting Northwestern ahead, 37-36.