Louisville 77

(12-7, 3-3 Big East)

Seton Hall 80

(11-6, 2-4 Big East)

7:00 PM ET, January 21, 2010

Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey

1 2 T
LOU 36 4177
HALL 46 3480

Top Performers

Louisville: E. Sosa 15 Pts, 3 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl

Seton Hall: J. Hazell 25 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl

Seton Hall 80, Louisville 77

Associated Press

NEWARK, N.J. -- Jeremy Hazell scored 25 points and Seton Hall held off a late Louisville rally to post an 80-77 victory on Thursday night, handing the Cardinals their third straight loss.

The losing streak is the longest for coach Rick Pitino and Louisville (12-7, 3-3 Big East) since the 2005-06 season. It also prevented the Cardinals from getting their 1,600th win in school history yet again.

Jordan Theodore added 17 points and Jeff Robinson 12 as the Pirates (11-6, 2-4) won for only the second time in seven games.

Edgar Sosa had 15 points to lead Louisville, but he also had a late layup attempt blocked with about 40 seconds to play and the Cardinals down 75-72. Mike Marra came off the bench to add 10 points.

Seton Hall seemed to be in control when Robinson took a pass from Theodore and scored a slam dunk for a 72-59 lead with 4:40 to go.

Louisville finally got its press working and ran off a 12-3 spurt with Preston Knowles scoring on a rebound follow and Sosa stealing the inbounds pass and scoring with 1:22 to go to cut the lead to 75-72.

Keon Lawrence had the ball in the frontcourt when Sosa intercepted a lazy pass toward the foul line. The guard took off for what appeared would be a fast break that would cut the lead to a point.

However, Lawrence hustled back and blocked the shot and Theodore eventually got the loose ball and found Hazell for a dunk all alone, a play on which he was lucky the officials didn't call a technical foul for hanging on the rim with 34.7 seconds to play.

A rebound follow by Samardo Samuels with 22.8 seconds left cut the lead to 77-74 and, after Thoedore made 1 of 2 free throws, Jerry Smith nailed a 3-pointer from the right corner with about a second to play to make it a one-point game.

Seton Hall had trouble getting the ball inbounds, but Hazell finally got it and was fouled with two tenths of a second to play. He made the second of two free throws and Smith did not get off a desperation 3-pointer before the final buzzer.

Seton Hall shot 59 percent from the field and outrebounded Louisville 17-12 in taking a 46-36 halftime lead.

Hazell and Pope led the way, combining for 25 points. Hazell had 15 points, hitting 6 of 7 from the field and 3 of 4 from long range.

Hazell's third 3-pointer came at the shot clock with Knowles in his face and it ignited a 13-5 spurt that pushed the Pirates lead to 38-27 with 4:04 left in the half. Theodore had six points in the run, also nailing a 3-pointer.

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Team Stat Comparison

Points 77 80
FG Made-Attempted 28-64 (.438) 29-55 (.527)
3P Made-Attempted 7-27 (.259) 5-12 (.417)
FT Made-Attempted 14-25 (.560) 17-25 (.680)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (0/0) 22 (0/0)
Largest Lead 2 14

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