Instant Replay: Seton Hall 66, Villanova 65

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Instant Replay: Seton Hall 66, Villanova 65

BOX SCORE

NEWARK, N.J. -- Villanova suffered a heartbreaking 66-65 loss to lowly Seton Hall at the Prudential Center on Monday night.

With under 13 seconds left and Villanova clinging to a two-point lead, James Bell had the ball stolen from him and Seton Hall’s Fuquan Edwin drained an open three-pointer from the corner to give the Pirates the win.

The loss snapped Villanova’s (18-11, 10-7 Big East) three-game win streak.

The Pirates (14-15, 3-13 Big East) broke a nine-game losing skid with the win.

Turning point
After a pair of free throws by the Pirates, Villanova inbounded the ball to Bell. The guard was trapped in the backcourt and tried to split the two defenders.

The ball was poked away from behind and ended up in the hands of Tom Maayan, who kicked it to Edwin for the game-winner.

Ryan Arcidiacono missed an off-balance jumper at the buzzer to hand Villanova the defeat.

Big men on campus
Edwin's clutch three gave him 18 points and Seton Hall the win, but it was Aaron Cosby that kept the Pirates in the game. He had 21 points, six assists and five rebounds.

Mouphtaou Yarou was a difference maker down on the low block, scoring 14 points and grabbing 15 rebounds. He also reached the 1,000-point mark for his career.

Arcidiacono led Villanova with 16 points.

Inside the box score
 JayVaughn Pinkston scored 15 points before fouling out.

• Villanova made 25 of 27 free throws in the game.

• Seton Hall made nine field goals in the first half, eight of which were three-pointers. Kyle Smyth accounted for four threes in the first frame for all of his 12 points.

• The Pirates started the game 8 of 13 from three-point range. They finished 13 for 21 from downtown.

When was the last time …
Villanova leads the all-time series against Seton Hall, 63-37. The Wildcats had won the last 10 meetings between the two schools prior to Monday.

What’s next?
Villanova will close the season out against some of the toughest competition that the Big East and the country have to offer.

The Wildcats travel to Pittsburgh to face No. 23 at noon on Sunday. They haven’t beaten the Panthers on their home floor since 1996.

‘Nova will then finish off the regular season at home on Mar. 6 against seventh-ranked Georgetown.

Drexel's Chris Crawford soaks up tradition at U.S. Open

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Drexel's Chris Crawford soaks up tradition at U.S. Open

ERIN, Wis. — The U.S. Open is all about tradition. This week is the 117th playing of golf's national championship and this event more than most celebrates those golfers who play the game as amateurs. 

Soon-to-be Drexel graduate Chris Crawford has been soaking up all the traditions this week at Erin Hills. Playing in his second U.S. Open after qualifying through both local and sectional competition for the second straight year, an extremely difficult feat, the 23-year-old fifth-year senior enjoyed the amateur dinner put on by the tournament organizers with the USGA. Crawford and his fellow amateurs, a stout list including Texas' Scottie Scheffler, who shot 3-under Thursday to seize the early low amateur lead, were celebrated the entire evening — one of Crawford's early highlights in a long week here in Wisconsin. 

Crawford produced a 3-over par 75 Thursday during the first round to tie for 102nd out of a field of 156 players.

"I played OK (Thursday)," Crawford said. "I'm going to take more positives than negatives out of the round. I played really well for 14 holes and just had a few bad swings on the other four holes."

Indeed, Thursday morning started nervously for the former Drexel golf standout. On the opening par-5 first hole, he snap-hooked his drive into the weeds out of bounds to the left, resulting in a double bogey. Three holes later, he chipped one shot over the back of the fourth green and took another double-bogey, placing him 4-over through four holes. 

Although bogeys might keep many of us alive in our weekend matches, it doesn't cut it in a U.S. Open. Crawford responded well in the ensuing 14 holes, going 1-under in that stretch.

Crawford's coach Mike Dynda, who teaches him at LuLu Country Club in Glenside, Pennsylvania, said he makes a big point to prepare Crawford's mind for his big rounds.

"I texted him last night and said, 'When you got to sleep, imagine that you're on the 18th hole and you have a putt for 9-under,'" Dynda said. "It's important to go to sleep and dream like that."

On the other side, Dynda — who taught the golf team at Drexel from 2003-2015 — also told his pupil to stay away from expectations. When you're 23 and you're playing in your second consecutive U.S. Open, one might think it would be easy to get ahead of yourself. Not so with Crawford, according to Dynda.

"I've taught him to not have any expectations for the five years we've been together," Dynda said. 

Crawford had a superstar practice round on Monday, playing with Jordan Spieth, Jim Furyk and Wisconsin's own Steve Stricker.

"It was a lot of fun playing with those guys and just watching them strategize about learning a brand new U.S. Open course," Crawford said. "I think that's the biggest thing I was impressed with, was the way they talked about strategy on this golf course.

"They were all very nice with me and were very specific to ask about me and they wanted to learn a little bit about my life, so I appreciated that."

For Dynda, talking with Furyk brought back a fond memory. Furyk's father, Mike, actually sold Dynda his first set of golf clubs, Tommy Armor 845s, back in Philadelphia years ago. 

With one round in the books and the forecast calling for rain this weekend, Crawford was looking forward to having the proper mentality as he headed into Friday's second round.

"I want to go out there and just not get ahead of myself," Crawford said. "I'm going to think positively and appreciate that I'm playing in the national open."

Crawford teed off at 2:31 p.m. local time off of the 10th hole.

"This week is so cool because I never do something like this," Crawford said. "Playing in front of such large crowds is a treat and I just love the interaction with the fans before and after the rounds as well."

Last year at Oakmont, dozens of friends and family made the drive down the turnpike to see him play in his first U.S. Open. This year, Crawford estimates that he has around 15 friends and family out in the galleries cheering him on. Though coach Dynda caddied last year, those duties have gone to current Drexel golf coach Ben Feld.

It's a party this week of Drexel golf proportions.

Atlantic 10 reveals 2017-18 schedule pairings

Atlantic 10 reveals 2017-18 schedule pairings

Philadelphia basketball fans will be getting a double dip of one of the Atlantic 10 conference's best rivalries once again next season.

With the league's 18-game regular season format in place for a fourth straight year, it was revealed Wednesday afternoon that Saint Joseph's and La Salle will battle twice — once in North Philly at Tom Gola Arena and a second time at the Hawks' home just off City Line Avenue. Each team in the 14-member conference will play eight teams once and five teams twice.

The full pairings for the Explorers and Saint Joe's are listed here:

La Salle
Home: Dayton, George Mason, St. Bonaventure, VCU, Fordham, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Saint Joseph’s, Saint Louis
Away: Davidson, Duquesne, George Washington, Richmond, Fordham, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Saint Joseph’s, Saint Louis

Saint Joseph’s
Home: Dayton, Duquesne, Saint Louis, VCU, Fordham, George Mason, La Salle, Massachusetts, St. Bonaventure
Away: Davidson, George Washington, Rhode Island, Richmond, Fordham, George Mason, La Salle, Massachusetts, St. Bonaventure

It was also rumored earlier in the day that the Hawks have added a Big Five matchup at Temple for Dec. 9.