No Philly Special: Seton Hall defeats Villanova in the No. 15 as the 3-game winning streak reaches its new high

No Philly Special: Seton Hall defeats Villanova in the No. 15 as the 3-game winning streak reaches i ...

PHILADELPHIA -- There was no second Philly Special at Wells Fargo Center.

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Tray Jackson went for 16 points, but Kadary Richmond gave them 16 points, five assists, and three assists, but Seton Hall's three-game losing streak ended with a 73-67 loss against Villanova before 17,803 fans.

The Pirates were attempting to win their second straight in the arena, but instead fell to 15-8, 6-7 in the Big East, with Alexis Yetna scoring 15 assists and six assists in the loss, while Myles Cale recorded 11 points.

They were able to stand by the crowd. The atmosphere was perfect. I thought it was the loudest Ive ever heard this building since Ive arrived.

Villanova has won five straight against Seton Hall, 70-64, since February 8, 2020.

After previously beating No. 4 Michigan on the road in November, then No. 7 Texas at home in December, and No. 25 Xavier at home in November.

Wednesday, the Pirates visit UConn No. 24 in order to bolster their NCAA Tournament resume.

According to ESPN's Joe Lunardi, the Pirates were in their recent skid following a pause.

Bryce Aiken has missed his seventh straight game as a result of the concussion protocol. The Pirates are now 4-3 without Aiken.

Willard said, Obviously, we miss him.

The Pirates led 32-29 at the break after shooting seven-of-14 from deep. Richmond had 11 points at the break and Cale was 3-of-4 from beyond the arc for nine points. Villanova scored 14 points off nine Seton Hall turnovers.

Villanova came up 45-41, but the Pirates pulled off a 11-0 spurt -- capped by a 3-pointer from Jamir Harris -- to go ahead 52-45.

The Wildcats fought back with a 9-0 run, capped by a traditional 3-point play from Jermaine Samuels (16 points) to go ahead 54-52.

With a goal of 63-62 remaining, Jackson took a back-to-back threes.

With 2:10 remaining, a Justin Moore three secured a 67-65 victory over the Wildcats.

After Jackson scored two free throws to tie it at 67, Brandon Slater (10 points) was free for a layup off a Collin Gillespie pass to make it 69-67.

With 16.5 remaining, Seton Hall turned it over after Jared Rhoden touched the ball out of bounds, and Moore hit two free throws to extend it to 71-67.

Richmond was then choked for a trip on Seton Hall's next possession.

Moore (16 points) struck two more free throws to lead the race 73-67.

The Huskies are expected to meet at UConn on Wednesday (8:30 p.m.), according to CBSSN. The Huskies are scheduled to arrive at St. Johns Sunday at Madison Square Garden.

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Adam Zagoria is a freelance reporter who has covered Seton Hall and NJ college basketball for NJ Advance Media.

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