UNCASVILLE, Conn. — After a dramatic comeback from 18 points down in the second half, Seton Hall lost more than a basketball game here against Washington.
Sophomore forward Brandon Mobley suffered a hyper-extended left knee and bone bruise early in the Pirates’ 84-73 OT loss to the Huskies at the Mohegan Sun Arena in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament and will undergo an MRI. He left the arena on crutches.
“Brandon’s going to be out for a while,” Pirates coach Kevin Willard said. “It looks like everything is pretty solid, but he’s going to be out for a while, how long I don’t know.”
The 6-foot-9 Mobley had averaged five points and 10 rebounds through the first two games, but could be out for several weeks.
“It’s going to be pretty tough, but I believe in my teammates and guys on my team gotta step up,” said junior forward Fuquan Edwin, who led Seton Hall (2-1) with 27 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. “Brian [Oliver] can play the four, too, so that’s where he’s gonna look to do now.”
After trailing by as many as 18, the Pirates roared back behind Edwin and Kyle Smyth, who scored all nine of his points in the second half, to force overtime and even had a chance to win it.
Washington’s Desmond Simmons was whistled for traveling with the game tied at 71-all and 7.4 seconds left.
But after a Seton Hall timeout, their final play was designed to have point guard Tommy Maayan go left and look for Oliver.
Instead, the play broke down and Patrik Auda, who had been 0-for-3 from beyond the arc, ended up air-balling a 3-pointer, sending the game into OT.
“I didn’t really even know what the time was, I knew it wasn’t a lot, so I shot it and it was a terrible shot,” Auda said.
After in-bounding the ball, Edwin didn’t touch the ball on the final possession.
“I think it was a good shot, but it just came up short,” Edwin said of Auda’s shot. “He had a great look.”
Washington, coming off a loss to Albany, outscored Seton Hall 13-2 in the extra period.
Five Huskies finished in double-figures, led by Abdul Gaddy’s 16 points.
“I’m not proud of the way we started, but I’m proud of the way we come back,” said Willard, whose team got behind 17-5 and trailed 49-33 at the break before going down 18 in the second half.
Washington now gets DeShaun Thomas and Ohio State in the championship game after Thomas went for 25 points in a 69-58 win over winless Rhode Island (0-3).
Rhody coach Dan Hurley scored more than 1,000 points at Seton Hall from 1991-96 and now faces his alma mater in the consolation game. He watched the game courtside.
“Danny’s got them playing really hard,” Willard said. “He’s got them playing really hard. The two guards are really good. They gave Ohio State everything they could handle.”
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