Three games ago, freshman Samuel Dalembert gave Seton Hall an inside presence in a victory over Georgetown. Last time out, the Pirates were deadly from the outside as they made 13 three-pointers in a victory at Pittsburgh.
Last night, Seton Hall found the inside-outside combination in the same game and it resulted in a 78-70 home victory over No. 19 St. John's, snapping the Red Storm's six-game winning streak.
"A huge win for us. A great team win," Seton Hall Coach Tommy Amaker said. "We still have a way to go but this win gives us some confidence. It shows we can go toe-to-toe and beat one of the best teams in the country."
Dalembert tied the school record of nine blocks earlier this season against Georgetown. He went two better than that against the Red Storm (12-3, 4-1) and was one off the Big East record set on Jan. 23, 1989, by Dikembe Mutombo of Georgetown against St. John's.
"Dalembert was a force. We needed him to step forward," Amaker said.
TENNESSEE 81, FLORIDA 79: C.J. Black hit the go-ahead free throw with 1 minute 4 seconds left in the second overtime and the No. 16 Volunteers beat the No. 9 Gators in Gainesville, Fla. It was a school-record sixth straight Southeastern Conference road victory for the Volunteers (16-2, 4-1).