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Otto Porter scored 20 points, and Georgetown made a season-high 15 steals and got a rare first-half boost from a walk-on Wednesday night in a 74-52 win over Seton Hall.
Iona, which won the MAAC regular-season title but stumbled in the conference tournament, was given a bid into the NCAA tournament, and will meet BYU in the first round on Tuesday in Dayton, Ohio.
The ushers in black blazers emblazoned with "Prudential Center Security" gathered in twos and threes as the final seconds drifted away inside the arena. They clutched walkie-talkies and shot wary glances at Seton Hall's student section bouncing to House of Pain's "Jump Around" and an impending upset.
Jeremy Hazell somehow got lost in the wild ending surrounding Seton Hall's 84-70 upset of No. 15 St. John's.
The three New York area Big East schools all had new coaches to start the season. Steve Lavin, Mike Rice and Kevin Willard have made it to the halfway point, each trying to turn around a program in what is without argument the best conference in the country.
Seton Hall University basketball team senior guard Jeremy Hazell was shot and wounded Christmas night by someone who tried to rob him and was taken to a hospital, a school spokesman confirmed on Sunday.
Rick Pitino carefully debated his vote in the Big East coaches' preseason poll. He considered Pittsburgh and Villanova _ the two teams that sit 1-2 in the conference poll.
"I just thought he was holding his follow through," Willard said, not betraying a smile. "It was good form. That's what we teach."
"I think anybody who knows college basketball can see what an unbelievable job he has done in building this program," Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard said.