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Seton Hall's Jeremy Hazell comes up empty in OT

When regulation play ended tied at 65, Seton Hall's Jeremy Hazell already had 28 points and the edge in his personal duel with South Florida's Dominique Jones, who stood at 22 points. But Jones added six more in OT while Hazell went scoreless, and the Bulls pulled out a 76-74 home win that marked the first time they've ever won consecutive games in the Big East.

Hazell and Jones are two of the best scorers in the Big East, and they put on a show in Tampa. Hazell's 28 came on 9-of-30 shooting, including 5 of 13 from three-point range. Jones' 28 came the conventional way on 9-of-16 shooting and a 10-of-11 effort at the foul line. Seton Hall (12-7, 3-5 Big East) also got 11 points from Robert Mitchell and 10 from Keon Lawrence, and South Florida (13-7, 3-5) got 15 from Jarrid Famous and 12 from Chris Howard.

A Howard layup gave the Bulls a 75-73 lead with 42 seconds left in overtime. Hazell missed a shot, but the Pirates got the ball back and Herb Pope made one of two foul shots to cut the deficit to one point with 7.1 seconds left. The Pirates fouled Famous immediately, and he made the first for a 76-74 lead but missed the second. However, Mitchell committed a turnover with three seconds left to cost the Pirates a chance at a last shot.

It gets no easier for the Hall, which travels to No. 3 Villanova on Tuesday and then to No. 17 Pittsburgh on Feb. 6.

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