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Seton Hall escapes with a thrilling win over Providence

Did you turn the channel too early? If you did, you missed some of the most exciting hoops of Day 1 of the Big East Tournament.

No. 15 Providence amazingly had a chance to tie the game with a Duke Mondy three-pointer in the final seconds, but the shot wouldn't fall and No. 10 Seton Hall held on to a 109-106 victory. The Pirates will face No. 7 Notre Dame tomorrow.

The Friars, who spent much of the second half down by 20 to 30 points, will wait until next year.

Both teams broke the record (previously held by Seton Hall with 103) for most points scored by a single team in a non-overtime game. All 10 starters scored in double-figures, led by Providence's Jamine Peterson (38) and Seton Hall's Herb Pope (27).

A Sharaud Curry three-pointer with 6:25 ignited a 30-11 run by the Friars, who shaved what was a 24-point lead down to five with 1:12 left to play. The quick turnaround stunned the MSG crowd that badly needed a competitive game after a pair of ugly blowouts in the first two games.

The Pirates held a 55-39 advantage at the break and it ballooned to a 29-point lead with a Pope ally-oop jam with 13:31 to play -- essentially ending the game. Or, so everyone thought.

Peterson -- apparently the only one in the building who didn't think the game was over -- was aggressive as ever in the second half. With 10 minutes left to play, he had already scored 30 points and pulled down 13 rebounds -- he finished with 16. Peterson averages about 20 and 10 a game, earning him an All-Big East Honorable Mention honors. Look out for Peterson to climb the ladder to first-team status if he keeps up those numbers.

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