Leading by one, the Wildcats played tight defense with 3.7 seconds remaining, but a jumper from the top of the key by Pirate's guardSterling Gibbs gave No. 8 Seton Hall the win over the third-ranked team in the nation and Big East No. 1.
The Wildcats drop just their fourth game of the season, and the team, which at one time looked like a de facto No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, possibly ended that bid in seconds as the quarterfinals in Madison Square Garden reached a climax.
Just minutes earlier, La Salle, looking to make a run to the A-10 finals to get a surprise berth into the Big Dance was beaten 82-72 by St. Bonaventure in that tournament's first round.
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And it all got started late Wednesday night, when Temple looked poised to win their first ever AAC Tournament game against UCF. But after two gut-wrenching overtimes, the Owls fell 94-90 just after midnight Thursday.
Only one Philadelphia team remains in conference tournament play, St. Joseph's, who has a bye and will play its first game Friday.
The Hawks are on the bubble and need a few more wins to solidify themselves as a tournament team.
Drexel and Penn will both miss postseason play.