Scores

Final

Seton Hall 74

(5-0, 0-0 away)

(23) Virginia 60

(5-1, 3-0 home)

    9:00 PM ET, November 24, 2007

    Palestra, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    1 2 T
    HALL 40 3474
    #23UVA 29 3160

    Top Performers

    Seton Hall: B. Laing 25 Pts, 10 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl

    Virginia: S. Singletary 23 Pts, 7 Reb, 7 Ast

    Seton Hall 74, No. 23 Virginia 60

    Associated Press

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Seton Hall delivered an overdue statement win for Bobby Gonzalez, so now the time is right for his wife to go for the automatic birth.

    "Now that we beat Virginia, I'm going to tell her it's OK for to have a baby," Gonzalez said, chuckling.

    Gonzalez's wife is due to give birth to the couple's first child any day now and contingency plans were made in case he had to bolt Philadelphia. Instead, he got to watch the Pirates deliver their biggest win in his two seasons.

    Gonzalez barked at the Pirates to turn up the pressure and they did for all 40 minutes, knocking off No. 23 Virginia 74-60 on Saturday night to match their best start in seven seasons and win a share of the Philly Hoop Group Classic.

    "This was a monumental win for us and the program," Gonzalez said. "Our kids came in locked in."

    Brian Laing had 25 points and 10 rebounds and Jeremy Hazell scored 11 points, including a crashing 3-pointer that sent the neutral-site crowd into a frenzy, to help the Pirates win their first five games for the first time since the 2000-01 season.

    Seton Hall took control early and never let Virginia (5-1) make a serious run. The Cavaliers, who jumped into the Top 25 by handing Arizona its first November home loss since 1978-79, will likely spill out of the poll.

    The Cavaliers crept within eight early in the second half and Gonzalez wanted to make sure his team wouldn't let the score get much closer. "Turn up the pressure right now! Turn it up!" he shouted from the bench at the historic Palestra.

    Hazell obliged with a 3.

    Hazell was fouled and knocked hard to the court on a long 3-pointer that left him sprawled on the painted "Hoop Group" logo near the Pirates bench. Instead of extending a helping hand up, a frantic Gonzalez started slapping hands with Hazell -- was that a low five? -- while he was still on his back. Hazell missed the free throw.

    No worries for the Pirates. They led by 10 and never let it dip below eight the rest of the way.

    Sean Singletary, the Philadelphia native who earned a loud ovation during pregame introductions, was serenaded with an "airball!" chant when he misfired with 1:21 left in the game and the Cavaliers desperately trying to rally.

    Singletary finished with 23 points and Mamadi Diane scored 12 points.

    "They just came after us on both ends and we didn't do a good job of handling that," Virginia coach Dave Leitao said.

    The Pirates, who missed the Big East tournament last season in Gonzalez's first year at Seton Hall, won the Independence bracket in the inaugural eight-team tournament. The tournament is broken up into two brackets, so there is no true champion.

    Hazell high-fived Gonzalez on the bench as the final seconds ticked down and Seton Hall held up their trophy for their enthusiastic pocket of fans.

    "We felt like we had nothing to lose," Gonzalez said. "We felt like we were the underdog. I think our kids got up to play against a great team like that. Our kids were just terrific from beginning to end. I thought we won that game from wire to wire."

    Eugene Harvey had 16 points for the Pirates.

    The Pirates were fired up early when Hazell and Laing hit consecutive 3s that gave them a 25-18 lead. Laing and Jamar Nutter each connected on 3-pointers on two straight possessions and the Seton Hall bench stood and erupted in celebration.

    When the Pirates took a 33-22 lead into a timeout, a small and spirited bunch of fans near the Seton Hall bench went wild.

    The Pirates came out of the timeout and blocked one shot, then forced a turnover, proving they could bring their best defense against a Top 25 team, too. Laing surprised the Cavaliers with a nifty turnaround jumper and the Pirates went up 11.

    "It's hard to point out anything positive," Leitao said.

    Hazell added another 3 for good measure right before the end of the half and Seton Hall took a 40-29 lead into the break.

    "We wanted to show everybody we're a good team and we wanted respect," Laing said.

    The Pirates certainly earned what they wanted on this night.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    HALL
    UVA
    Points 74 60
    FG Made-Attempted 25-69 (.362) 20-61 (.328)
    3P Made-Attempted 7-23 (.304) 7-28 (.250)
    FT Made-Attempted 17-25 (.680) 13-18 (.722)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 16 (0/0) 21 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 14 1

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