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Seton Hall Almost Slips Off the Bubble

Unlike UConn before them, Seton Hall appeared to be interested in keeping their NCAA Tournament dreams alive last night, extending a 16-point halftime lead over Providence to 29 and seemingly putting the game out of reach. But the Friars — led by Jamine Pererson, who scored 38 points — chipped away over the final thirteen minutes, and by the time it got within ten, the crowd was solidly in their corner, overwhelming the pockets of Seton Hall fans as the lead dropped from nine to seven to five and so on. Seton Hall did everything they could to give this game away: turnovers against the press, ill-advised passing, and a pair of Jeff Robinson free-throw misses in the final seconds that gave the Friars a chance to tie the game with a three. They didn't, and the Pirates escaped with a 109–106 victory in the highest-scoring non-overtime game in tournament history, shattering the old mark by 29 points. Next up for Seton Hall is Notre Dame, a team that's barely in the field of 65 themselves.

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