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Shakur Juiston scored off an offensive rebound with 13 seconds remaining to break a tie as No. 11 Oregon rallied from a 19-point, second-half deficit to defeat No. 13 Seton Hall 71-69 Wednesday night in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament at Paradise Island, Bahamas.
Seton Hall’s Myles Powell scored a game-high 32 points, but he had to be helped off the floor after missing a half-court shot at the final buzzer.
Payton Pritchard led Oregon (6-0) with 16 points. C.J. Walker and Juiston each scored 12, and Chris Duarte added 11.
The Ducks will play No. 8 Gonzaga (7-0) on Thursday in the semifinals. Gonzaga defeated Southern Mississippi 94-69 in the first round. The Pirates (4-2) will oppose the Golden Eagles (2-4) in the consolation bracket.
Seton Hall led 34-30 at halftime before making five consecutive 3-pointers in a 15-0 run to open the second half. Powell, a senior guard who was a preseason All-American, made four of those treys.
Powell might have been spurred by an incident late in the first half. After he made a 3-pointer in front of the Oregon bench, it appeared a Ducks player attempted to trip Powell as he headed back to the other end of the court. Powell turned and exchanged words with the Oregon bench, but no foul was called and play continued.
Powell made his next six 3-point attempts as the Pirates took a 49-30 lead.
The Ducks rallied within 60-57, causing Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard to call a timeout with 8:11 left.
Powell responded with seven straight points — a layup, a three-point play and two free throws — to extend the advantage to 67-57 with 6:30 to go.
But the Ducks rallied again, scoring the next eight points to pull within 67-65.
Seton Hall’s Shavar Reynolds made two free throws after being fouled on a 3-point attempt to make it 69-65 before Pritchard sank a driving layup and then tied it with two free throws with 1:09 remaining.
Pritchard shot an airball on a 3-point try from the top of the key with 16 seconds left, but Juiston was there to collect the ball and make the winning layup.
—Field Level Media