NEWARK, N.J. -- Fuquan Edwin scored 15 of his game-high 26 points in the first half, leading Seton Hall to a 77-66 victory over North Carolina A&T Sunday.
Only four players scored for the Pirates (8-2), who won their third straight.
Edwin scored more than 20 points for his third straight game and is averaging 19.7 per game this season.
Besides Edwin, Seton Hall received a career-high 23 points and 13 rebounds from Brandon Mobley, who had his second straight solid performance. Mobley had 11 points and 13 rebounds in a win over Wake Forest on Dec. 8. Aaron Cosby also set a career high with 22 points, and Eugene Teague rounded out the scoring with six points.
Seton Hall trailed by four, 27-23, with 6:25 left in the first half after Khalid King hit two free throws, but then the Pirates went on a 13-0 run to take command of the game.
Cosby hit two 3-pointers during that run and Mobley scored six points, four via free throws. Mobley hit two free throws with 3:06 left in the first half to cap the run, giving Seton Hall a 36-27 lead.
The Pirates led 39-29 at the break.
Seton Hall kept the pressure on during the opening two minutes of the second half, scoring the first six points after halftime to increase the lead to 45-29 with 18:09 remaining. Edwin hit two short range jumpers, both off the glass, to give the Pirates a comfortable cushion.
Soon after that, Edwin picked up his fourth foul and headed to the bench. The Aggies then made a mini-run and cut the lead to 52-44 with 12:14 left when Louisme converted on a four-point play, then nailed three free throws.
Cosby then hit two free throws and had a layup to give the Pirates a 59-46 lead with 9 minutes left.
Bruce Beckford banked in a shot from 14 feet to bring the Aggies to within 64-57 with 4:30 left, but Edwin responded with a long 3-pointer from the right corner, giving Seton Hall a 67-57 lead.
North Carolina A&T cut the lead to 69-63 with 2:13 left on two free throws from Louisme but got no closer.
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|South Carolina State||12-4||1||19-15|
|North Carolina Central||7-9||6||13-19|
|North Carolina A&T||7-9||6||10-22|