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Terrell lifts Rhode Island past No. 20 Seton Hall, 75-74

NEW YORK (AP) There was no masking the importance of what had transpired, of what the moment meant, of the opportunity grasped.

Dan Hurley and his Rhode Island Rams entered Brooklyn's Barclays Center for the Preseason NIT with a guaranteed date against No. 20 Seton Hall. Atlantic 10 versus Big East. Mid-major against major conference. National television. Thanksgiving Day.

''It's big for us,'' Hurley said after Rhode Island's 75-74 upset of No. 20 Seton Hall on Thursday night in the second game of the Preseason NIT. ''We only get `X' amount of these chances. In our non-conference it's hard to get people to play us, home-and-home series. So any time we can get high level teams on a neutral court like Cincinnati last year or Seton Hall this year we've got to take advantage of it.''

Jared Terrell's running layup with 5.2 seconds left was the game-winning basket. He finished with 32 points to help the Rams improve to 3-1. Stanford Robinson added 15 points.

''My teammates were definitely able to find me when I was open. I was able to knock down shots but I was also being aggressive,'' Terrell said. ''These guys know that I just want to win and they're right behind me. So I'm just confident going into every game (because) I know I have a lot of support.''

Myles Powell led the Pirates (4-1) with 21 points. Angel Delgado had 18 points and 14 rebounds, and Khadeen Carrington and Desi Rodriguez had 12 points each.

Following Terrell's layup, Seton Hall inbounded the ball to Carrington, who raced up court but lost his dribble and the Pirates were unable to recover the loose ball before the buzzer sounded.

''You have a player you trust in Khadeen, you let him go make a play,'' Kevin Willard said. ''Sometimes you have to let your senior guard try to go make a play towards the end of the game.''

Trailing by nine at halftime, Seton Hall outscored Rhode Island 27-17 in a 14:06 span to take the lead at 72-71. Carrington made two free throws with 5:54 left to give the Pirates their first lead since his jumper 5:09 into the game.

Defense was both the cause and effect for Seton Hall's turnaround. Specifically, the Pirates played defense in the second half after surrendering 60.7 percent (17 of 28) shooting from the field - including 77.8 percent (7 of 9) from 3-point range - -in the first 20 minutes.

''For us it's a little bit more of a defensive mentality,'' Willard said. ''We were really flat defensively in the first half. I can't figure it out. We've never given up 60 percent (shooting from the field). ...For us I didn't like our defensive intensity whatsoever.''

The Rams regained the the lead, 73-72, on Andre Berry's layup with 4:05 left. The lead lasted for 2:02 until Ismael Sanogo's layup gave Seton Hall a one-point advantage.

''We wanted to get a quick throw-in a little bit closer to the key for Jared,'' Hurley said of the game-deciding basket. ''Usually at the end of the game if you kind of watch these game situations, it's usually a guy getting downhill making a shot, making a play. We just wanted to make sure we had the ball in Jared's hands. It was as good a performance I think as you have probably seen this year.''

BIG PICTURE

Seton Hall: The Pirates entered the game having yielded just 254 points-or an average of 63.5 points per game-in winning their first four games. Against Rhode Island, Seton Hall allowed 54 points in the first half and the Rams broke the 64-point barrier with 11:03 left in the second half on Jared Terrell's 3 in front of the Rhode Island bench.

Rhode Island: The Rams authored an otherworldly offensive performance - in the first half. Rhode Island scored 54 points on 60.7 percent shooting. But college basketball is a two-half game and, in the second, Rhode Island only made 8 of 31 shots from the field.

NOTABLE

Seton Hall Fell to 7-2 against Rhode Island

Rhode Island: The second of two games at Brooklyn's Barclays Center also marked the second time Rhode Island coach Dan Hurley coached against his alma mater. Hurley scored 1,070 points in five years at Seton Hall.

UP NEXT

Seton Hall: Plays Vanderbilt in the consolation game Friday.

Rhode Island: Plays Virginia in the championship Friday.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
+ 2 Jared Terrell made floating jump shot 5.0
  Backcourt turnover on Angel Delgado 21.0
  Bad pass turnover on Jarvis Garrett, stolen by Ismael Sanogo 21.0
  Lost ball turnover on Desi Rodriguez, stolen by Jarvis Garrett 30.0
  Defensive rebound by Angel Delgado 42.0
  Jared Terrell missed layup, blocked by Angel Delgado 44.0
  Offensive rebound by Jared Terrell 49.0
  Jeff Dowtin missed 3-pt. jump shot 51.0
  Personal foul on Angel Delgado 1:08
  Defensive rebound by Jarvis Garrett 1:07
  Myles Powell missed driving layup 1:09
Team Stats
Points 75 74
Field Goals 25-59 (42.4%) 30-63 (47.6%)
3-Pointers 9-17 (52.9%) 5-12 (41.7%)
Free Throws 16-17 (94.1%) 9-16 (56.3%)
Total Rebounds 31 41
Offensive 6 11
Defensive 24 24
Team 1 6
Assists 11 9
Steals 8 6
Blocks 4 3
Turnovers 11 14
Fouls 20 16
Technicals 1 1
32 PTS, 4 REB, 1 AST
21 PTS, 5 REB, 2 AST
12T
away team logo Rhode Island 3-1 542175
home team logo 20 Seton Hall 4-1 452974
Team Stats
away team logo Rhode Island 3-1 69.5 PPG 39.5 RPG 12.2 APG
home team logo 20 Seton Hall 4-1 73.8 PPG 38.8 RPG 13.5 APG
Key Players
00
J. Terrell G PPG RPG APG FG%
13
M. Powell G 23.1 PPG 4.0 RPG 2.9 APG 44.7 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Terrell G 32 PTS 4 REB 1 AST
M. Powell G 21 PTS 5 REB 2 AST
42.4 FG% 47.6
52.9 3PT FG% 41.7
94.1 FT% 56.3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Terrell 32 4 1 9/17 4/6 10/10 1 38 1 0 2 1 3
S. Robinson 15 5 1 6/11 2/3 1/1 2 33 1 2 2 0 5
A. Berry 8 7 0 3/8 0/0 2/2 4 22 1 0 1 2 5
J. Dowtin 8 6 2 2/8 1/3 3/4 2 35 1 1 1 1 5
J. Garrett 0 3 2 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 26 2 0 1 0 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Terrell 32 4 1 9/17 4/6 10/10 1 38 1 0 2 1 3
S. Robinson 15 5 1 6/11 2/3 1/1 2 33 1 2 2 0 5
A. Berry 8 7 0 3/8 0/0 2/2 4 22 1 0 1 2 5
J. Dowtin 8 6 2 2/8 1/3 3/4 2 35 1 1 1 1 5
J. Garrett 0 3 2 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 26 2 0 1 0 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Russell 8 2 2 3/7 2/5 0/0 2 20 0 0 1 0 2
N. Akele 4 0 1 2/3 0/0 0/0 2 9 1 0 0 0 0
M. Layssard 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 3 2 0 0 2 0 0
R. Preston 0 3 2 0/5 0/0 0/0 4 15 1 1 1 2 1
E. Matthews - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Thompson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Langevine - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Tertsea - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Dadika - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Leviton - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 75 30 11 25/59 9/17 16/17 20 200 8 4 11 6 24
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Powell 21 5 2 7/14 5/7 2/2 3 35 2 1 3 1 4
A. Delgado 18 14 3 8/16 0/0 2/4 1 34 0 1 6 5 9
K. Carrington 12 2 2 5/12 0/2 2/2 3 33 1 0 1 0 2
D. Rodriguez 12 2 0 5/13 0/2 2/3 4 32 2 0 4 1 1
M. Nzei 5 4 1 2/3 0/0 1/3 0 20 0 1 0 2 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Powell 21 5 2 7/14 5/7 2/2 3 35 2 1 3 1 4
A. Delgado 18 14 3 8/16 0/0 2/4 1 34 0 1 6 5 9
K. Carrington 12 2 2 5/12 0/2 2/2 3 33 1 0 1 0 2
D. Rodriguez 12 2 0 5/13 0/2 2/3 4 32 2 0 4 1 1
M. Nzei 5 4 1 2/3 0/0 1/3 0 20 0 1 0 2 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
I. Sanogo 4 4 0 2/3 0/0 0/2 3 18 1 0 0 2 2
M. Cale 2 2 0 1/2 0/1 0/0 1 15 0 0 0 0 2
E. Gordon 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0
S. Mamukelashvili 0 2 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 7 0 0 0 0 2
R. Gill - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Walker - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Flory - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Reynolds - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 74 35 9 30/63 5/12 9/16 16 200 6 3 14 11 24