Seton Hall routs short-handed DePaul
ASSOCIATED PRESS January 25, 2014 9:46PM
Updated: January 25, 2014 9:46PM
NEWARK, N.J. — Fuquan Edwin scored 22 of his game-high 30 points in the first half to power Seton Hall to its first Big East home victory of the season, 86-69, over DePaul Saturday at the Prudential Center.
Edwin’s performance didn’t come as a surprise to DePaul (10-11, 2-6 Big East) because he’s done this before against the Blue Demons. Two years ago, the senior scored a then career-best 28 points in a 94-73 Seton Hall victory. Last season, he drove for the winning points with 9.6 seconds left to defeat DePaul, 73-72.
Seton Hall (12-8, 3-4) has now won seven of the last eight meetings. Edwin’s career-high is the 35 points he scored against Mercer in November. Both of his Big East career-best scoring efforts - 28 and 30 points — have come against DePaul.
Brandon Young scored 23 points, R.J. Curington had 15 and Durrell McDonald scored 14 for DePaul.
DePaul was without its leading scorer and rebounder, Cleveland Melvin. The 6-8 senior, averaging 16.7 points and 6.4 rebounds, was held out of the game for breaking team rules. Also missing from the Blue Demons lineup was starting guard Billy Garrett, who reportedly was ill. The 6-5 freshman leads all Big East freshmen in scoring (11.9 per game.), assists (69) and free throw percentage (.827). Charles McKinney, who suffered a sprained ankle Monday against Xavier, also sat out.
Edwin scored Seton Hall’s first points of the game on a fast break and maintained that scoring pace throughout the first half. The 6-6 swingman hit nine of his first 10 shots and scored 22 points as Seton Hall took a 45-25 lead into the break.
Edwin made a leaping grab of a pass from Sterling Gibbs and turned to bank in a shot as he was fouled. He sank the bonus free throw to give Seton Hall a 34-19 lead with 4:47 to go before the break. In the half, Edwin drained two 3-pointers and scored three other times while being fouled, converting two of them for three-point plays.
Edwin opened the scoring in the second half with a 3-pointer, igniting a 9-2 burst that staked the Pirates to a 54-27 lead with 17:17 left. During the run, Brian Oliver scored on a drive to the basket and DePaul called time out. During the timeout, Brandon Young of DePaul was called for a technical foul and Oliver sank both free throws.