NEWARK, N.J. (AP) Khadeen Carrington scored the final 10 points of his career-high 41 in the closing minute and Seton Hall made a big stride toward the NCAA Tournament with an 87-81 victory over No. 20 Creighton on Wednesday night.
Desi Rodriguez had 18 points and big man Angel Delgado got going in second half and added 17 points and 17 rebounds as the Pirates (16-9, 6-7 Big East) opened a crucial three-game home stand with a big win.
Marcus Foster had 23 points, six rebounds and six assists for Creighton (21-5, 8-5), which lost for only the second time on the road this season. Justin Patton added 15 points and Khyri Thomas and Cole Huff had 13 apiece for the Bluejays.
There were 16 ties and eight lead changes in the tight game with Seton Hall going ahead for good when Delgado scored on his third try in the lane after missing two shots inside and getting the rebound on both. He missed an ensuing free throw but that was good enough to give the Pirates a 76-74 lead with 2:38 to play.
The big center from the Dominican Republic stretched the lead to three points with 1:49 to play with a free throw and then Carrington took over.
The junior guard, whose previous high was 28 last season, hit a drive with 41.9 seconds to play to push the lead back to 79-76. Foster had made two free throws with 1:29 left to cut the deficit to 77-76.
Carrington, who finished 10 of 15 from the field and 18 of 22 from the free throw line, followed that with two more free throws to stretch the lead to 81-76 before Toby Hegner hit Creighton’s 11th 3-pointer to cut the deficit to 81-79 with 20 seconds left.
Carrington added two free throws and stole the ball and dunked to put the game out of reach.
The last Seton Hall player to score 40 points was Sterling Gibbs (40) against Illinois State on Nov. 24, 2014.
Delgado had two points and five rebounds at the half before stepping up to record his 20th double-double.
Creighton: The Bluejays are 3-4 since starting point guard Maurice Watson Jr. was lost for the season with a knee injury.
Seton Hall: The Pirates are 10-1 at the Prudential Center with the next two at home.
Creighton: Hosts Georgetown on Sunday.
Seton Hall: Hosts No. 2 Villanova on Saturday.