Edwin and Teague added 17 points apiece in their last appearance before the home crowd as the Pirates (15-15, 6-11 Big East) completed a sweep of Xavier (20-10, 10-7) and snapped a three-game losing streak.
“It was a great senior night,” said Oliver, who was 5 of 10 from long range. “We were talking before the game and said ‘We have to go out with a win.’ It’s been frustrating all year. We know a lot of fans are frustrated and we share that frustration. But for us, to come out here for our last home game and to come out with a win, that was the biggest thing.”
Seton Hall has shown at times it can play with anybody.
“I still think we can win the Big East tournament,” coach Kevin Willard said. “We have come close against every team and with the way Eugene is playing now with 17 and eight rebounds, he gives us so much. I am not looking at this win as a sense of closure. We still believe we can make a run.”
The game is going to hurt Xavier, which saw Semaj Christon score 24 of his career-high matching 28 points in the second half. The problem for the Musketeers was that center Matt Stainbrook hurt his left knee in the first half and his status for the rest of the season is uncertain.
An MRI was planned for Tuesday and coach Chris Mack hoped it would not reveal a major injury. Stainbrook left the locker room on crutches and could not put any weight on his leg.
“We’re hopeful it’s just an MCL strain, but that’s just complete speculation,” Mack said.
“We all know how good we are and how good we can be,” Edwin said. “We just had some tough outings. That happens.”
The Pirates, who led by as many as 14 points, held Xavier to 30 percent shooting, a season-low 20 points in the first half and 3-for-22 shooting from 3-point range in leading almost from start to finish.
“We had trouble shooting the entire game,” Mack said. “You go 3-for-22 on a team that plays zone, the only way you are going to make up for that is doing a great job on the offensive glass and we didn’t shoot the ball well or go get it well.”
Christon almost single-handedly got Xavier back into the game in the second half, hitting his first seven shots. It helped cut a 13-point deficit to 57-52 when he hit two free throws with 5:24 to go.
The Musketeers trapped guard Jaren Sina in the backcourt and he fell to the floor after some contact. There was no call and the Pirates got the ball upcourt quickly with Edwin finishing with a three-point play. It ignited a 9-2 spurt and the game was basically decided.