The list of surprising things that happened in the Prudential Center on Thursday night in Newark, N.J., was long and interesting.
It starts with Seton Hall, the worst 3-point shooting team in the Big East, having its best game of the season from long range.
And don’t forget that St. John’s coach Steve Lavin and senior forward Justin Burrell were ejected in two separate incidents over the last 2 minutes.
There was something else, too. Oh, yeah, Seton Hall ended a three-game slide with an 84-70 victory that snapped the No. 15 Red Storm’s six-game winning streak.
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“Coming in we knew we were playing the Johnnies and we knew it was going to be a metropolitan-area rivalry so we just wanted to come out with the win so we could be the big-time guys in the metropolitan area,” said Jeremy Hazell, who had a season-high 31 points. “And our guys came out and played great and we stuck it to them and came out victorious.”
Lavin, who apologized to his team for getting two technical fouls with 1:55 to play, said Seton Hall simply “took us to the woodshed and really waxed us.”
Freshman Fuquan Edwin had a career-best 19 points for the Pirates, who improved to 2-8 this season against ranked teams, the other win at Syracuse.
Seton Hall (12-17, 6-11) had lost five of six and came into the game shooting 28.4 percent from 3-point range. But the Pirates made 7 of 11 from long range in taking 34-30 halftime lead.
The Pirates, who have won eight of their last 11 games against St. John’s, finished 12 of 18 from 3-point range (66.7 percent) with Edwin going 5 of 6 and Hazell, the Big East’s career leader in 3s made in conference games, 4 of 6.
Dwight Hardy scored 23 points for St. John’s (19-10, 11-6), which had won eight of nine. But the Red Storm fell apart late in the game, getting outscored 14-2 over the last 4 minutes.
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