Northwestern 44

(5-4, 3-2 away)

Seton Hall 42

(6-3, 6-1 home)

    12:00 PM ET, December 18, 2005

    IZOD Center, East Rutherford, New Jersey

    1 2 T
    NW 21 2344
    HALL 20 2242

    Top Performers

    Northwestern: V. Vukusic 18 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl

    Seton Hall: S. Gaines 8 Pts, 9 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Blk

    Northwestern 44, Seton Hall 42

    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 shot.

    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 sounded.

    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 halftime.

    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.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 44 42
    FG Made-Attempted 16-52 (.308) 12-51 (.235)
    3P Made-Attempted 3-15 (.200) 6-25 (.240)
    FT Made-Attempted 9-13 (.692) 12-16 (.750)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 11 (0/0) 17 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 3 9

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