SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Jeremy Hazell scored 17 points and Eugene Harvey sank a free throw with five seconds remaining to help Seton Hall upend USC (No. 20 ESPN/USA Today, No. 19 AP) 63-61 in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off on Thursday night.
After Harvey missed his second free throw, USC's Daniel Hackett missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer to seal the win for Seton Hall
Harvey scored 16 and added a team-high five assists for the Pirates (3-0), who overcame a 43-28 halftime deficit to pull off the upset. John Garcia notched a double-double, scoring 11 points and grabbing 18 rebounds. It was his second double-double of the season.
With the game tied at 17 midway through the first, the Trojans went on a 12-1 run which helped give them a comfortable cushion at the half. The Pirates came out of the gate on a similar run in the second, scoring 10 points before the Trojans got their first bucket of the period. The teams traded baskets the rest of the way before Hazell's dunk and subsequent 3-pointer with less than two minutes to play put Seton Hall ahead for good.
Harvey scored 13 of his 18 points in the second half to help lead his squad to the win.
Both the Pirates and the Trojans shot 41 percent from the field for the game, but the Seton Hall defense stepped up in the second half, holding USC to just 18 points. USC shot 62.5 percent in the first half compared to just 21.4 percent in the second, and also lost the turnover battle 19-15.
The 18-rebound mark, notched by both Garcia and Gibson, set a single-game tournament record.
Seton Hall faces Memphis (No. 12 ESPN/USA Today, No. 13 AP) in the next round of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off Friday at 7:30 p.m.
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