Seton Hall 84, Illinois State 80
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[November 25, 2014]
Seton Hall 84, Illinois State 80:
Sterling Gibbs poured in a career-high 40 points as the Pirates captured
the championship of the Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands.
Gibbs drained a stunning 10-of-14 shots, including 7-for-9 from
3-point range, to earn tournament MVP honors for Seton Hall (4-0)
and tie a tournament record for most points in a game with Ionaís
Lamont Jones in 2012. Isaiah Whitehead scored a career-best 18
points and dished out six assists while Jaren Sina added 11 points.
Bobby Hunter came off the bench and scored a personal-high 23 points
before fouling out for Illinois State, which was trying to become
the first team from the Missouri Valley Conference to win the
Paradise Jam. The Red Birds (2-2), who trailed by as many as 21
points, also received 14 points from DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell.
After an extended stretch of playing man-to-man, the Red Birds
shifted back to a 2-3 zone to create turnovers and that helped them
crawl back into the game. Illinois State came within six points five
times in the final 1:02 but Seton Hall hit 8-of-10 free throws
during that span to close out the win.
Seton Hall raced out to a 30-9 lead aided by hitting six of its
first seven 3-pointers, led by Gibbs, who connected on 4-of-5 from
long range in the first half. The Pirates torrid shooting forced
Illinois State to abandon its 2-3 zone, but Seton Hall became
hesitant offensively and the Red Birds cut the lead to 34-25 with
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GAME NOTEBOOK: Joining Gibbs on the all-tournament team was teammate
Desi Rodriguez, Akoon-Purcell, Old Dominionís Trey Freeman,
Clemsonís Damarcus Harrison and LSUís Jordan Mickey. Ö Illinois
State was 3-for-20 to start the game and trailed 41-27 at the half.
Ö Seton Hall is the fourth consecutive Big East team to advance to
the Paradise Jam championship game.
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