Seton Hall finishes on wild 9-0 run to win NIT

INDIANAPOLIS– Dre Davis scored on a layup with 16 seconds left Thursday night to cap Seton Hall’s definitive late run, offering the Pirates a 79-77 victory over Indiana State and their very first NIT champion because 1953.

Seton Hall (25-12) scored the final 9 points in a battle in between No. 1 seeds to eliminate a 77-70 deficit. Davis ended up with 18 points in Indianapolis, his home town. Al-Amir Dawes led the Pirates with 24 points and Kadary Richmond had 21 points and 13 rebounds in their fifth straight win at historic Hinkle Fieldhouse.Dawes was called the

tournament’s Many Exceptional Player as coach Shaheen Holloway had another effective postseason run in Indianapolis. He led Saint Peter’s into the NCAA tournament’s Sugary food 16 with wins over Kentucky and Murray State two years ago before returning to his alma mater.Editor’s Picks 1 Associated Isaiah Swope scored 16 of his 19 points in the second half to lead the Sycamores(32-7), who fell one win except declaring their very first nationwide postseason title because the 1950 NAIA championship and one win except the school’s single-season record set by the 1978-79 NCAA competition runners-up led by Hall of Famer Larry Bird.Julian Larry had 18 points, a career-high 4 3 tips and six assists. Jayson Kent and Robbie Avila each scored 13 points.Indiana State’s crazy home-state crowd, clad largely in the school’s powder blue and alternate royal blue, was ready to celebrate when Swope’s 3 offered the Sycamores a 77-70 lead with 2:50 to go.But Seton Hall pitched

a shutout the remainder of the way, connecting the score on Dawes’3 with 57 seconds to go and took the lead on Davis’layup.Indiana State had 3 possibilities to win it in the last 8.4 seconds, however Swope had 2 3s obstructed and

Ryan Conwell’s desperation 3 from 35 feet came up short.

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