NEWARK, N.J. -- Jeremy Hazell scored 25 points to lead Seton Hall to a crucial 76-70 victory over intrastate rival Rutgers on Tuesday night.
It was the fourth win in the last five games for Seton Hall (16-10, 7-8 Big East), which is making a late-season push toward a possible NCAA Tournament berth.
The Pirates took control of the game early in the first half when they went on a 16-1 run over a 4:11 span to take a 28-10 lead with 11:40 left.
The Scarlet Knights (14-14, 4-11) made a late charge, cutting the lead to 68-64 with 2:36 left, but couldn't get any closer.
Mike Rosario scored 17 points, including six in a 9-second span of the second half, and Johnathan Mitchell added 14 for Rutgers.