Pittsburgh 76, Seton Hall 72
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) _ Sophomore guard Jason Maile came off the bench to tally a career high 25 points and spark a decisive second half burst Saturday that lifted Pittsburgh to a 76-72 Big East victory over Seton Hall.
The victory enabled Pitt to finish its regular season with a 9-17 record overall and a 5-13 Big East mark good for 9th place in the conference. The loss was the 4th in a row for Seton Hall which concluded its regular season at 16-12 and 7-10.
The Pirates, who will probably receive an NIT bid, finished the season 7th in the Big East.
The Panthers led 51-49 when Jaime Peterson hit 1 of 2 free throws with 8:36 to play to ignite an 11-3 burst. Chris Gant followed with two free throws, Peterson added a layup and Maile nailed a long jumper to make it 58-49.
After Adrian Griffin scored on a 3-point play pulling the Hall within 58-52, Maile hit two free throws and Peterson scored on a dunk giving the Panthers a 10-point lead.
The Pirates fought back to within 73-70 with 24.7 seconds to play on a 3-point basket by Donnell Williams but the Pirates couldn’t get any closer.
After falling behind 49-41 early in the second half, Seton Hall rallied briefly outscoring Pitt, 8-2, to pull within 51-49 on two free throws by Adrian Griffin with 8:45 to play.
Pitt hit on seven of 10 3-point field goals including four by Maile to take a 36-30 lead at the intermission.
Gant finished with 13 points for Pitt while Orlando Antigua added 11.
Dwight Brown led Seton Hall with 18 while Griffin and Williams added 16 and 15, respectively.