Thursday's college basketball: Undermanned Seton Hall stifles No. 7 Maryland

Associated Press

Newark, New Jersey — Coming off an embarrassing loss to Rutgers and missing its two best players against No. 7 Maryland, Seton Hall turned to Quincy McKnight and a stifling defense to revive a once hopeful season that was fading quickly.

McKnight scored a season-high 17 points and undermanned Seton Hall used a swarming, shot-blocking defense to stun Maryland, 52-48, Thursday night.

“Today we proved to everyone we can still play and we got a good win,” said McKnight, who added eight rebounds, six assists and two steals. “This is a confidence booster to everyone on the court today.”

Seton Hall center Romaro Gill (35) and Maryland forward Ricky Lindo Jr. (4) struggle for control of the ball during the second half on Thursday.

The Pirates (7-4) held the Terrapins to 27 percent shooting, blocked 15 shots and forced 17 turnovers in ending a two-game losing streak and handing Maryland (10-2) its second straight loss.

Seton Hall won without Big East Conference preseason player of the year Myles Powell (concussion) and power forward Sando Mamukelashvili (broken wrist).

“This was a big program win for us,” said forward Jared Rhoden, who had eight points and 12 rebounds. “That’s all coach (Kevin Willard) kept reiterating to us at practice all week, that we lost two of our star players and guys had to step up. It was a collective win. We all stepped up.”

Seton Hall seemed in control when Anthony Nelson hit a layup for a 49-42 edge with about a minute to play. Then the Pirates missed three free throws and turned the ball over, setting up Anthony Cowan Jr. to try a tying 3-pointer with 22 seconds left.

Cowan missed, and Seton Hall got the rebound and made a free throw to ice it.

Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said his team just didn’t play well.

“That said, we had the ball down three on the road and had a chance,” Turgeon said “The world is not coming to an end, but we are highly disappointed as a coaching staff and as a team. Sometimes you have to hit rock bottom. I don’t know if it is rock bottom. We’ll see. If it is, hopefully we’ll come back and get better.”

Cowan led Maryland with 16 points on 3-of-14 shooting. Jalen Smith and Aaron Wiggins added 11 points apiece.

The defense was the difference for Seton Hall.

The Terrapins trailed 27-18 at halftime with their lowest scoring output in a first half this season. Maryland entered averaging 77.1 points per game.

“We’re not playing with a lot of confidence now,” Turgeon said. “I have to figure out ways to give our guys confidence because we don’t look like the same team we were three weeks ago.”

State men

Northeastern 74, (at) Detroit Mercy 61: Bolden Brace had a season-high 22 points as Northeastern got past Detroit Mercy.

Maxime Boursiquot had 10 points and 10 rebounds and Jason Strong had 10 points and nine rebounds for Northeastern (6-6). Jordan Roland, the Huskies’ leading scorer coming into the contest at 24 points per game, scored only seven points on 3-for-10 shooting.

Antoine Davis had 26 points for the Titans (1-10), whose losing streak reached seven games. Justin Miller scored 13 and Willy Isiani added 11 points and seven rebounds.

Top 25 men

(At) No. 4 Duke 86, Wofford 57: Joey Baker had career highs of 22 points and five 3-pointers to help Duke beat Wofford.

The 6-foot-7 sophomore hit all of his 3s after halftime while the hot-shooting Blue Devils stretched their lead. Freshman Vernon Carey Jr. added 20 points and 10 rebounds for Duke (10-1), which shot 54 percent in its return from a nearly two-week pause in the schedule.

The Blue Devils played without starting point guard Tre Jones due to what the school described as a “mild sprain” in his left foot from a recent practice. In a release, coach Mike Krzyzewski said the decision to hold Jones out was “out of an abundance of caution” and that the team believes it is a “minor” issue.

Tray Hollowell scored 17 points to lead the Terriers (7-5). They shot just 35.5 percent despite hitting 10 3-pointers.

(At) No. 12 Auburn 79, N.C. State 73: Samir Doughty scored 11 of his 24 points over the final 4:33 as Auburn (10-0) remained the only unbeaten Power Five team with perhaps their toughest win of the season.

The Wolfpack (8-3) briefly took a lead on Braxton Beverly’s layup with 5:23 left but couldn’t score again for the next four-plus minutes.

Doughty started a late 10-point surge with a scoop shot, but his biggest was a back-breaking 3-pointer from the corner to beat the shot clock with 25 seconds left. He was perfect on six foul shots down the stretch.

J'Von McCormick had 14 points for Auburn and Austin Wiley added 10 points and eight rebounds.

C.J. Bryce had 21 points and 11 rebounds to lead North Carolina State before fouling out with 1:38 left. Markell Johnson added 17 points, 10 assists and six rebounds.