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Powell, Seton Hall thwarts late Rutgers rally, 72-66

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) Myles Powell spent the last year growing irritated hearing how Rutgers was the best college basketball team in the Garden State. That won't be the case for the New Jersey native in 2019.

Powell had a game-high 28 points, including six 3-pointers to lead Seton Hall past Rutgers 72-66 in the Garden State Hardwood Classic Saturday.

''You only get to play that game once, and Jersey basketball is only so big - all the top players, they know each other - so to have to go and travel around the state just knowing that Rutgers beat us and people walking around saying that Rutgers is better than Seton Hall - you take it personally,'' Powell said. ''So like I said, they left a bad taste in my mouth all year and I finally got to get them back, so it feels good.''

Rutgers (5-5, 0-2 Big Ten) seemed poised to make a double-digit comeback for the second straight year after Peter Kiss (14 points) drilled a 3-pointer off a pass from Geo Baker to cap off a 10-0 run by Rutgers, causing Seton Hall (7-3) to call timeout. Trailing 46-39 with 14:07 left in the game, Rutgers was able to cut the lead to three after a layup by Montez Mathis with 3:21 remaining. However, that's the closest Rutgers would get as Powell hit a 3-pointer on the ensuing possession.

''Powell made a huge one,'' Rutgers coach Steve Pikiell said. ''Again, I've seen him do it. We tried to deny him the ball and he made a couple un-guardable shots. We dug back into this basketball game, but we're still a team of a lot of youth and a team trying to figure things out.''

In the first half, back-to-back 3s by Powell, winner of the Joe Calabrese MVP Award, caused Rutgers to call a timeout. Up 21-14 with 6:29 left, Seton Hall's lead would balloon to 11 before going into halftime with a 34-25 lead.

''Everyone's seeing the player he is,'' Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard said of Powell. ''I think he's starting to figure it out.His overall game is at a pretty good level right now.''

While the Pirates were 11-of-27 from beyond the arc, the Scarlet Knights were 6-of-27, and just 2-of-16 in the first half.

Rutgers was led by Eugene Omoruyi, who had 15 points and seven rebounds, while Baker had 14 points and five assists.

''The trophy is where it's supposed to be now. Seton Hall owns the state,'' Powell said, adding, ''Now we get to wear the crown for a year.''

BIG PICTURE

Rutgers: The Scarlet Knights lost back-to-back games for the first time this season and will once again have a week to stew on the loss. However, they do have two winnable games to close out non-conference play, hosting Columbia and Maine the next two Saturdays. The four Saturday games are the only games Rutgers has over the month of December.

Seton Hall: As the Pirates look to make the NCAA Tournament for the fourth straight season, beating then No. 9 Kentucky and a Big Ten foe in Rutgers will help the tournament resume, and could garner a couple more Top 25 votes.

T'D UP

The intrastate college basketball rivalry has a history of getting chippy. Things weren't much different. The referees issued five technical fouls in the game.

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After upsetting then No. 9 Kentucky at Madison Square Garden last Saturday, Seton Hall received a vote in the latest AP Top 25, which would rank them tied for 39th in the nation with four other teams.

UP NEXT

Rutgers: Host Columbia Saturday.

Seton Hall: Host Sacred Heart Wednesday.

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Key Players
G. Baker
M. Powell
35.8 Min. Per Game 35.8
23.0 Pts. Per Game 23.0
2.4 Ast. Per Game 2.4
3.2 Reb. Per Game 3.2
40.0 Field Goal % 46.7
40.6 Three Point % 39.1
71.4 Free Throw % 85.1
+ 2 Peter Kiss made dunk 2.0
  Lost ball turnover on Myles Cale, stolen by Peter Kiss 5.0
+ 1 Ron Harper Jr. made 2nd of 2 free throws 15.0
  Ron Harper Jr. missed 1st of 2 free throws 15.0
  Personal foul on Myles Powell 15.0
  Offensive rebound by Ron Harper Jr. 17.0
  Peter Kiss missed 3-pt. jump shot 19.0
+ 1 Myles Powell made 2nd of 2 free throws 22.0
+ 1 Myles Powell made 1st of 2 free throws 22.0
  Personal foul on Ron Harper Jr. 22.0
+ 2 Ron Harper Jr. made layup, assist by Eugene Omoruyi 22.0
Team Stats
Points 66 72
Field Goals 25-79 (31.6%) 20-49 (40.8%)
3-Pointers 6-29 (20.7%) 11-27 (40.7%)
Free Throws 10-15 (66.7%) 21-32 (65.6%)
Total Rebounds 52 38
Offensive 19 7
Defensive 25 28
Team 8 3
Assists 13 14
Steals 10 5
Blocks 5 8
Turnovers 10 11
Fouls 26 18
Technicals 2 3
16 PTS, 1 REB, 3 AST
28 PTS, 3 REB, 2 AST
12T
away team logo Rutgers 5-5 254166
home team logo Seton Hall 7-3 343872
Team Stats
away team logo Rutgers 5-5 67.7 PPG 42.4 RPG 12.4 APG
home team logo Seton Hall 7-3 74.1 PPG 37.4 RPG 13.7 APG
Key Players
32
P. Kiss G 6.3 PPG 2.4 RPG 1.0 APG 37.7 FG%
13
M. Powell G 21.9 PPG 3.8 RPG 2.6 APG 44.7 FG%
Top Scorers
P. Kiss G 16 PTS 1 REB 3 AST
M. Powell G 28 PTS 3 REB 2 AST
31.6 FG% 40.8
20.7 3PT FG% 40.7
66.7 FT% 65.6
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
E. Omoruyi 15 8 2 5/15 1/5 4/5 4 37 3 0 1 1 7
G. Baker 14 4 5 4/14 3/9 3/4 3 31 1 2 4 0 4
M. Mathis 8 1 0 4/9 0/1 0/0 5 14 0 0 0 1 0
S. Doorson 4 12 0 2/5 0/0 0/2 2 24 3 2 0 7 5
I. Thiam 0 1 0 0/3 0/2 0/0 2 17 0 1 0 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
E. Omoruyi 15 8 2 5/15 1/5 4/5 4 37 3 0 1 1 7
G. Baker 14 4 5 4/14 3/9 3/4 3 31 1 2 4 0 4
M. Mathis 8 1 0 4/9 0/1 0/0 5 14 0 0 0 1 0
S. Doorson 4 12 0 2/5 0/0 0/2 2 24 3 2 0 7 5
I. Thiam 0 1 0 0/3 0/2 0/0 2 17 0 1 0 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
P. Kiss 16 1 3 6/14 2/7 2/2 2 22 2 0 0 0 1
R. Harper Jr. 5 5 2 2/11 0/4 1/2 4 27 1 0 3 2 3
C. McConnell 4 2 0 2/5 0/1 0/0 0 9 0 0 1 1 1
M. Johnson 0 9 1 0/2 0/0 0/0 3 14 0 0 0 6 3
S. Carter 0 1 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 5 0 0 1 1 0
J. Young - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Downes - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Nathan - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Doucoure - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Brooks - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 66 44 13 25/79 6/29 10/15 26 200 10 5 10 19 25
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Powell 28 3 2 8/17 6/13 6/6 1 37 3 0 2 0 3
S. Mamukelashvili 15 9 1 3/5 3/4 6/10 3 32 0 1 1 4 5
M. Cale 8 8 2 3/11 2/6 0/0 1 32 0 0 2 1 7
M. Nzei 7 8 1 2/4 0/0 3/8 4 30 0 2 0 1 7
Q. McKnight 2 2 4 1/5 0/1 0/0 2 31 1 0 3 0 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Powell 28 3 2 8/17 6/13 6/6 1 37 3 0 2 0 3
S. Mamukelashvili 15 9 1 3/5 3/4 6/10 3 32 0 1 1 4 5
M. Cale 8 8 2 3/11 2/6 0/0 1 32 0 0 2 1 7
M. Nzei 7 8 1 2/4 0/0 3/8 4 30 0 2 0 1 7
Q. McKnight 2 2 4 1/5 0/1 0/0 2 31 1 0 3 0 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Nelson 7 1 3 1/4 0/2 5/6 0 12 1 0 2 0 1
T. Thompson 2 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 3 6 0 0 0 0 0
R. Gill 2 2 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 3 12 0 5 0 0 2
J. Rhoden 1 2 1 0/1 0/1 1/2 1 8 0 0 1 1 1
I. Obiagu - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Brodie - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Reynolds - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Avent - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 72 35 14 20/49 11/27 21/32 18 200 5 8 11 7 28