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Updated: Friday, March 19, 2004 12:59 AM EST
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(8) Seton Hall 80, (9) Arizona 76

RALEIGH, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Andre Barrett waited four years for his first NCAA Tournament, then ensured it would last more than one game.

Barrett scored eight of his 19 points in the final five minutes as eighth-seeded Seton Hall rallied from a 14-point deficit for an 80-76 victory over No. 9 Arizona in the first round of the Atlanta Region.

Seton Hall (21-9), making its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2000, looked a step slower than Arizona most of the night and fell into a 53-39 hole with just over 14 minutes left. Behind Barrett - a senior point guard - and Kelly Whitney, the Pirates fought back.

Reserve J.R. Morris nailed a 3-pointer to cap a 23-5 surge that gave Seton Hall a 62-58 advantage. Arizona (20-10) came back with six of the next eight points, forging a 64-64 tie on Andre Iguodala's jumper with 6:03 to go.

Barrett made a tough jumper to put the Pirates ahead for good and added a 3-pointer for a 69-64 bulge with 4:12 remaining. His jumper pushed the lead to 74-66 with 2:28 left.

"I came to play," Barrett said. "At the end of the game, I wanted the ball."

But Barrett left the door open with 20 seconds to go by converting 1-of-2 free throws for a 78-75 edge. Iguodala's tying 3-point attempt rimmed out 10 seconds later.

Whitney collected 24 points and 14 rebounds, despite cramping in both legs. He repeatedly went to the bench to stretch his legs and looked hampered, although he played 34 minutes.

"I knew it was cramps," Pirates coach Louis Orr said. "He had a lot of guts to play through things."

The 6-8 Whitney got the better of his counterpart, 6-11 center Channing Frye, in one of the game's key matchups. Frye managed 13 points and 12 rebounds but failed to contain Whitney.

"The biggest problem we encountered was taking care of Whitney inside," Wildcats coach Lute Olson said. "They had 12 offensive boards and eight of them came there. A lot of times it was a result of penetration. He cleaned up that off-side board."

The Pirates will meet top-seeded Duke in the second round.

Arizona shot 56 percent (14-of-25) in the first half, building a 37-31 lead. Freshman Mustafa Shakur's jumper extended the advantage to 53-39 with 15:03 to go.

"The first half, we weren't our normal defensive team," Barrett said. "That's just butterflies in the beginning of the game. Our defensive intensity got stronger as the game went on. We kept pushing it at them defensively and offensively."

Iguodala scored 19 points as all five Arizona starters reached double figures. The Wildcats defeated just one team with a winning record since December and their inconsistency frustrated Olson all season.

"It was a repeat of the problem we've had all season - we have a hard time living with prosperity," Olson said. "We get them down 14 and the next seven possessions we have shot opportunities that came too quickly."


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