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Men’s basketball comes up short in first game of NIT against Colorado, 65-64

Following their departure from the Big East tournament after a loss against DePaul, Seton Hall accepted a bid to play in the NIT. They drew the Colorado Buffaloes as their first opponent, and, despite short notice, traveled over 2,000 miles to play at 11:00 pm EST on Tuesday.

Al-Amir Dawes connected from behind-the-arc early, settling for an open three-pointer to give the Pirates their first lead. Neither side could build a lead until Colorado, trailing 18-17, held Seton Hall scoreless for six minutes and used a 10-0 burst to take the largest lead of the game. The Hall cut the lead down, 33-27, headed into the break.

The Pirates missed 12 of their final 14 shots in the first half. Dawes led the way with 8 points, while Ndefo followed closely with 7 points of his own. Dre Davis and Tyrese Samuel added four points each.

Jamir Harris opened the half with a three-pointer with 18:37 remaining in the second half, though Colorado answered with one of their own to keep the advantage at six. An emphatic slam from Tyrese Samuel sparked a 13-2 run for The Hall to retake the lead, 45-42, for the first time since the first half.

Colorado tied the game at 51 with just over 8 minutes to go in the game, and a scoreless two minutes was interrupted by a Buffaloes triple at the 6:21 mark. The Pirates would once again see a six-point deficit, just as they did going into halftime.

Seton Hall trailed 63-59, and consecutive dunks from Samuel and Ndefo tied the game with 32 seconds. Ndefo used a traditional three-point play to give the team a 1-point advantage late. Colorado converted on the other end on a layup, and the final possession went to The Hall.

Head coach Shaheen Holloway called a play for Femi Odukale coming out of the timeout, and as he went for what would be the game-winning layup, too much strength was put on it and the Pirates left Colorado with a devastating 65-64 loss in the NIT Round of 32.

“I was trying everything to get these guys juiced up to play… I thought we played the last 10 minutes like Seton Hall,” Coach Holloway said post-game.

KC Ndefo led Seton Hall in scoring with 18 points on the strength of 6-for-8 from the field to go with 6 rebounds and four assists. Samuel had another double-double, as he scored 16 points and pulled in 11 rebounds. Dawes followed with 13 points on the night.

Seton Hall wraps up their season with a 17-16 overall record, featuring a 10-10 record in conference play. Shaheen Holloway completes his first year as Pirates’ head coach with the most overall wins, most road wins, and most Big East wins by a first-year head coach.

Coach Holloway promised fans, “The future is bright because I’m going to get some guys in here who are going to battle and play the way I want to play.” High hopes for the team headed into the off-season, and until the tournaments play out, Holloway will be active in recruiting both transfers and incoming freshman as the Pirates reload.

Thomas Donnelly can be reached at Find him on Twitter @_tommyd023.

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