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“A little bit?” said the senior center.

“Yeah, a lot of bit,” Gibbs acknowledged. “In the end, it was supposed to get in my hands and I was supposed to create a shot for my teammates or create a shot for myself, and I just stepped back and hit the jumper.”

Hilliard scored all 11 of his points in the second half. JayVaughn Pinkston also had 11 for the Wildcats, but the 77 percent free throw shooter was 3 of 10 at the foul line as the Wildcats went 15 for 25 (60 percent) to Seton Hall’s 6-for-9 mark.

The Pirates limited Villanova to 37.9 percent shooting and 21.1 percent from 3-point range (4 for 19), less than 18 hours after holding Butler to a 2-for-18 mark (11.1 percent) from long distance in the opening round.

“We got the shots we wanted to. We just weren’t making them,” Villanova guard Ryan Arcidiacono said.

Playing in the Big East quarterfinals for the first time since 2003, the Pirates won despite getting only seven points from leading scorer Fuquan Edwin on 3-of-15 shooting.

Villanova won both regular-season meetings, by an average of 16.5 points, and figured to have an advantage again after Seton Hall had to hold off Butler 51-50 Wednesday night.

Early on, though, it was the Pirates who looked fresh even though they had little time to rest.

On a bitterly cold day in the Big Apple, the Wildcats took a while to warm up. They missed 13 of their first 14 attempts from 3-point range and trailed 44-31 with 14 minutes remaining. But they made a flurry of steals during a 16-0 run and took their first lead at 47-44 on Hilliard’s 3-pointer with 8:03 left.

Edwin tied it with a 3 and Teague followed with a three-point play to put the Pirates back in front.

With the score tied at 59, Arcidiacono’s steal sent Villanova on a fast break that culminated in Hart’s layup with 40 seconds left.

Undeterred, the Pirates worked the ball around and Gibbs passed to Sina for a 3 from the left corner that gave them for a 62-61 edge with 17.2 seconds remaining.

“That was a great college basketball game,” Wright said. “Great to be a part of it. Great atmosphere. The Garden was rocking. We had a lot of fun.’”