NEW YORK (AP) — Fuquan Edwin scored seven of his 18 points in the final 27 seconds to lead Seton Hall to a 68-67 victory over Virginia Tech on Saturday night in the third-place game of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.
Edwin's 3-pointer with 27 seconds left gave the Pirates (4-2) the lead for good at 62-61 and he and Sterling Gibbs combined to go 6 for 6 from the free throw line the rest of the way to offset two 3-pointers by Ben Emelogu of the Hokies (3-3).
Seton Hall was able to overcome a disastrous end to the semifinal loss to Oklahoma and a terrible start against Virginia Tech to get the win at the Barclays Center.
Brian Oliver had 11 points and Eugene Teague had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Pirates, who shot just 32.3 percent (20 of 62), including going 8 of 30 from the field in the second half (26.7 percent. They finished with as many 2-pointers (10) as 3-pointers. They were 10 of 26 from 3-point range, just 3 of 11 in the second half.
Gibbs, the Pirates' leading scorer at 18.8 points a game and who had a career-high 26 in the semifinals, missed all eight of his shots from the field and had four points.
Jarell Eddie had 19 points and 11 rebounds for Virginia Tech while Emelogu had 18 points, 12 on 3-pointers.
The Hokies shot 40.4 percent (23 of 57) and were 10 of 19 from beyond the arc.
Seton Hall had a six-point lead with 32 seconds to play in the semifinal against Oklahoma only to see the Sooners close the game on a 7-0 run.
Things didn't start any better against Virginia Tech as the Hokies scored the first eight points of the game on the way to leading by 10 points twice in the first half.
With freshman Jaren Sina hitting all four of his 3-point attempts the Pirates were able to take a 38-36 halftime lead.