NEWARK - Owning an eight-point lead with 4:38 to play, Seton Hall would score just one more bucket and gave up five offensive rebounds to allow a fiesty DePaul team back in the game and hand them to the win 64-60 at Prudential Center.
Angel Delgado carried the load for Seton Hall with 19 points and 19 rebounds while DePaul held Sterling Gibbs to just 8 points and 2 assists. Four DePaul players scored in double figures including Myke Henry (14 pts 8 rebs), Billy Garrett Jr. (13 pts), Darrick Wood (11 pts), and Rashaun Stimage (10 pts).
After a quick offensive start from both teams that produced a game tied at 10 at the first media timeout, it was DePaul who had the upperhand for most of the first half. The Blue Demons played a part in Seton Hall coughing the ball up nine times before the half and took advantage by scoring five more points off turnovers than the Pirates and building a 10-point lead at 26-16 with six minutes to play.
On the verge of giving the visitors a sizeable cushion, Seton Hall clawed back and cut their deficit to just three going into the locker room. Facing a fast and potent DePaul attack, the Hall clamped down on defense and synthesized several stops during a crucial stretch of play.
Angel Delgado, Khadeen Carrington, and Sterling Gibbs scored 25 of Seton Hall's 33 points at the half.
Like we've seen a few times this season, Seton Hall came out of the Prudential Center locker room slower than their opponent. DePaul sprung out with a 7-0 run and quickly built up their second 10-point lead of the day at 43-33.
A long DePaul drought promptly followed.
Outside of a Billy Garrett Jr. dunk in transition, the Blue Demons would fail to score a single point from the 18:06 to 10:16 mark, a nearly eight-minute span. The temporary lack of firepower allowed Seton Hall to counter with a 13-2 run of their own that set the hosts up with an eight-point lead at 55-47 and 5:45 to play after a huge sequence from Brandon Mobley (10 pts, 8 rebs). The senior registered a huge rebound and block and scored four points including a thunderous slam. Mobley drew the fourth foul from Garrett Jr. in the process.
After starting 0-10 from beyond the arc, the senior surge from Mobley was capped off by the first triple of the night, coming from the hands of Jaren Sina (6 pts).
But DePaul wasn't done.
The visitors overcame their eight-point deficit over the final 4:38 of play and pulled out a gritty win and a punch to the gut for Seton Hall. The Pirates would score just one bucket over the final 5:50 of play after Sina's three. DePaul hauled in five huge offensive rebounds over the same final stretch of play.
Down two and with the ball, Seton Hall had a late chance to tie the game, but Stephane Manga's pass to Angel Delgado fell into DePaul's hands on a drive to the tin.