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Seton Hall 72, Oregon 71
Posted: Friday March 17, 2000 06:00 PM
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BUFFALO, New York (Ticker) -- Shaheen Holloway scored on a coast-to-coast drive with 1.9 seconds remaining in overtime as 10th-seeded Seton Hall posted a dramatic 72-71 overtime victory over No. 7 Oregon in a East Region first-round contest.

After Frederick Jones hit two foul shots with 7.8 seconds remaining to give Oregon a one-point lead, Holloway, who scored 27 points on 11-of-17 shooting, took the inbounds pass and worked his magic.

He drove around Oregon defenders Bryan Bracey and Darius Wright, charging into the lane, where he flipped the ball off the glass with his right hand. Holloway said the game-winning shot was a dream come true.

"Growing up as a little kid, you watch the NCAA Tournament and see people doing stuff like this and you say to yourself, 'One day I want to be a part of that,' " he said. "I'm just happy that we got the opportunity to come here and play. I'm just happy that we advanced." Holloway will go down in NCAA Tournament annals with Brigham Young's Danny Ainge and UCLA's Tyus Edney, who also won tournament games with length-of-the-court drives in the final seconds. Ainge beat Notre Dame in 1981 and Edney did the same to Missouri in 1995.

"I was trying to run the play and they tried to double-team me, but I went up the middle and saw it open," Holloway said. "I went open in the middle. I think Sam (Delembert) did a great job of covering his man, so I could get to the basket. I felt comfortable taking the shot." Holloway's layup capped a frantic finish as the lead changed hands five times in the final three minutes of overtime. Wright's desperation heave from midcourt fell short as time expired.

"(Holloway) recognized that this is his last year and his commitment, preparation and investment has been off the chart and you can see it paying off for him," Seton Hall coach Tommy Amaker said. "The old saying is, 'The harder you work, the luckier you get', and he certainly is a beneficiary of that." Seton Hall (21-9) earned its first NCAA victory since 1993, while Oregon (22-8) was denied its first since 1960. The Pirates will meet Temple in the second round on Sunday.

It was a heartbreaking way for the season to end for Oregon, which was making just its third appearance in the NCAA tournament in 40 years. A.D. Smith had 17 points and Alex Scales added 16 for the Ducks, who reached the finals of the National Invitation Tournament last year.

"A lot of guys really stepped up for us at different parts of the season," Smith said. "I think this game was a microcosm of our season. There's a real lot of positive points. We had a lot of success from the season." "My hat is off to Seton Hall because they gutted it up and hit a big shot to win the game, but I am extremely proud of my guys and the type of year that they hand," Oregon coach Eugene Kent added.

In his third year at Seton Hall, Amaker earned his first NCAA Tournament victory as a coach after playing on two Final Four teams at Duke in the 1980s. The Pirates went 15-15 in each of Amaker's first two years at the helm.

Seton Hall became just the second lower seed to win a first-round game, despite squandering a 10-point lead in the final seven minutes of the second half. It joined 10th-seed Gonzaga, which defeated Louisville on Thursday, as the only lower seeds to advance so far.

They would not have advanced without Holloway's heroics at the end.

"We wanted the ball in Holloway's hands, without a question," Amaker said. "There's no secret. We had something designed to push the ball up the floor and create something, but he always had the opportunity to use his instincts to make a play, and he did." The Pirates appeared to take control in the second half, opening a 57-47 lead on a jumper by Rimas Kaukenas with 7:11 remaining, but Seton Hall went scoreless for more than three minutes, allowing Oregon to climb back into the game.

After the Ducks grabbed a 60-59 lead on Bracey's hook shot, Darius Lane drilled a 3-pointer to put Seton Hall up, 62-60, with 1:38 to play.

But Bracey, who scored six points in the final two minutes of regulation, hit a seven-footer jumper with 1:20 left and two foul shots with 12 seconds to go, giving Oregon a 64-62 edge.

Kaukenas, who scored 14 points while battling a sprained ankle, forced overtime by hitting a driving layup with 3.8 seconds remaining.

"You definitely don't think about the ankle," he said. "Right now, it feels so good because we won the game." "This is a great win for our school and it's fitting that the two seniors (Kaukenas and Holloway) were such a big part of it," Amaker said. "We have been saying for awhile we will go as far as our seniors will take us." Kaukenas opened the extra period with a hook in the lane, but Wright answered with a 3-pointer to give Oregon a 67-66 edge with 3:22 left.

The lead seesawed from there with neither team leading by more than one. Seton Hall went up, 70-69, on Lane's steal and layup with 36 seconds left. Lane also had 14 points for the Pirates.

Oregon got a chance to regain the lead when Jones was fouled by Greg Morton after grabbing an offensive rebound on Scales' miss. Jones made both foul shots, setting the stage for a memorable finish.

"We've been on this side before, it's not a good feeling," Wright said. "We've been on both sides. It just happens we're on the wrong side this time. You're stomach kind of sinks when you're on a roller coaster. That's the feeling. It's not really describable." Seton Hall never trailed in the first half, jumping to a 12-4 lead in the first 4 1/2 minutes before Oregon pulled within 36-35 at the half. Scales opened the second half with a 3-pointer to give Oregon a 38-36 edge, but Seton Hall held the Ducks to just nine points over the next 12 minutes.

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