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Seton Hall surges past Warriors, 64-54

FULLERTON, Calif. — Myles Powell scored a game-high 19 points and Mike Nzei added 16 points and grabbed six rebounds tonight to help Seton Hall surge past Hawai’i, 64-54, in the John Wooden Legacy semifinals.

A sparse late night crowd of about 500 at Cal State Fullerton’s Titan Gym and a national ESPN2 TV audience watched Sheriff Drammeh and Eddie Stansberry each score 14 points to lead the Warriors, who fell to 4-2 and will play Fresno State for third place at 11 a.m. (Hawai’i time) Sunday, in a game that will be shown on ESPNU. Seton Hall will play Miami (Fla.) for the championship at 5:30 p.m. on ESPN2.

Seton Hall led 25-23 at halftime and after Drammeh’s high-arching 3-pointer from the left wing swished through the basket to put the Warriors up, 34-31, just over five minutes into the second half, Anthony Nelson answered with a driving layup to ignite a 12-0 run capped by Sandro Mamukelashvili’s free throws that put the Pirates ahead for good, 43-34, with 10:36 remaining.

Drew Buggs finally snapped the string with a layup off a baseline drive 30 seconds later to start a 10-4 surge capped by Stansberry’s 3-pointer from beyond the top of the key to close it to 47-44 with about seven minutes left, but the 6-foot-10 Mamukelashvilidrained a 3-pointer from the left wing at the 6:05 mark to ignite a 13-2 run capped by Jared Rhoden’s putback which made it 60-46 with 2:28 remaining. Stansberry responded with a 3-pointer from the right corner 18 seconds later to cut it to 60-49, but UH could not get any closer the rest of the way.

More details, including video highlights and interviews, will be posted later.

(Game photo courtesy Shane Rodrigues)

Wooden Legacy
Friday’s Results
Semifinals

Miami 78, Fresno State 76
Seton Hall 64, Hawai’i 54
Consolation
Northwestern 91, La Salle 74
Utah 75, Grand Canyon 66

Sunday’s Games (Hawai’i times)
Fifth place: Northwestern vs. Utah, 9:00 a.m.
Third place: Fresno State vs. Hawai’i, 11:00 a.m.
Seventh place: La Salle vs. Grand Canyon, 3:00 p.m.
Championship: Miami vs. Seton Hall, 5:30 p.m.

1 Comment

  1. Tough loss. Seton Hall stepped up defense and hit threes, free throws , layins to win by 10.
    Warriors have to score anyway they can. North Texas St. and Seton Hall shut them down in second halves.Fresno not huge, owever this is like home game for them. Good athletes who play defense. Should be tough for warriors ,however warriors score against bulldogs they can get win. Go Bows!!

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