Instant Replay: Seton Hall 64, Villanova 63

Instant Replay: Seton Hall 64, Villanova 63
March 13, 2014, 2:30 pm
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Jaren Sina celebrates teammate Sterling Gibbs' (not pictured) game-winning jumper at the buzzer to lift Seton Hall over Villanova, 64-63. (USA Today Images)


NEW YORK -- Sterling Gibbs’ jumper from the top of the key at the buzzer gave Seton Hall a 64-63 win over No. 3 Villanova in a quarterfinal game of the Big East basketball tournament at Madison Square Garden Thursday afternoon.

Villanova took a 63-62 lead on Darrun Hilliard’s jumper in the lane with 17 seconds left. Seton Hall called time with 3.7 seconds left, and Gibbs, guarded by Hilliard, swished a step-back jumper as the buzzer sounded.

Villanova, which beat Seton Hall by 16 and 17 points during the regular season, used a 16-0 run to turn a 13-point deficit into its first lead of the game, 47-44, with eight minutes left. The teams then exchanged the lead five times in the final two minutes.

Villanova shot just 15 for 26 from the foul line and 4 for 19 from three-point range.

What it means 
The loss will likely cost the Wildcats a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. The Wildcats had moved up to the top line in the East in recent days in most projected brackets thanks to their 28-3 record and 16-2 conference mark.

Villanova fell to 28-4. Villanova’s only other losses this year were to then-No. 2 Syracuse in December and Creighton twice during the conference season.

Seton Hall, which had won just six of its previous 18 games, improved to 17-16.

Turning point
Gibbs had only made three of nine shots and one of six in the second half before his game-winner at the buzzer.

By the numbers
Villanova’s three starting guards, Ryan Arcidiacono, Hilliard and James Bell, shot 1 for 10 from the field and 0 for 5 from three in the first half. … JayVaughn Pinkston was just 3 for 10 from the foul line. … Bell, Villanova’s leading scorer at 14.9 points per game, shot 0 for 8 and 0 for 5 from three and finished with three points. … Seton Hall won despite making just 15 of 38 shot attempts over the final 33 minutes. … Josh Hart led Villanova with 18 points, one shy of his career high.

What's next
Seton Hall advanced to a semifinal game against the winner of the 2:30 p.m. game Thursday between No. 4 seed Providence and No. 5 seed St. John’s.

Villanova will learn its NCAA tournament opponent Sunday night.