The only shot that mattered was Myles Cale’s last one. Not the 14 he missed. Not all the open looks or layups that failed to drop.
Cale wrote himself into Seton Hall lore, shaking off a forgettable shooting performance to sink the game-winning 3-pointer with 9.5 seconds left in overtime to lift the Pirates to a thrilling, 84-83 win over No. 9 Kentucky at a raucous Madison Square Garden.
That shot capped an unforgettable early December non-conference showdown that included a halfcourt shot at the buzzer by Kentucky’s Keldon Johnson that forced overtime and an otherworldly Myles Powell leading the Pirates back in the final three minutes of regulation.
Seton Hall looked in control in the extra session, up four points, before Kentucky reeled off five straight. Johnson’s 3-pointer with 43.9 seconds left gave the Wildcats the lead. After Ashton Hagans split a pair of free throws, Seton Hall called timeout.
The ball wound up in the hands of Cale in the right corner. He pump-faked, drawing a defender in the air, stepped to the side and hit the game-winner in Seton Hall’s biggest non-conference game since facing No. 1 Duke in 2005. Quincy McKnight partially blocked Johnson’s 3-pointer at the horn, starting a Seton Hall on-court celebration reminiscent of its Big East Tournament title three years ago here.
Powell led Seton Hall (6-3) with 28 points — 25 in the second half and 11 in the final 3:05 of regulation — Cale added 17 and Taurean Thompson had 13 and six rebounds in by far his best game as a Pirate.
PJ Washington paced Kentucky (7-2) with 29 points and 13 rebounds.
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