DePaul falls to Seton Hall in Big East opener

Charlie Moore’s two free throws gave the Blue Demons a 66-65 lead with 2:36 left, but the Pirates closed the game with a 9-0 run.

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DePaul’s Paul Reed dunks over Seton Hall’s Romaro Gill on Monday at Wintrust Arena.

DePaul’s Paul Reed dunks over Seton Hall’s Romaro Gill on Monday at Wintrust Arena.

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Paul Reed had 17 points and nine rebounds, but DePaul suffered a 74-66 loss to Seton Hall on Monday at Wintrust Arena in the Big East opener for each school. Charlie Moore had 13 points, but finished with eight turnovers.

Moore’s two free throws gave the Blue Demons (12-2, 0-1) a 66-65 lead with 2:36 left, but the Pirates closed the game with a 9-0 run. Myles Powell, who had a team-high 27 points for the Pirates, hit three free throws to seal it after he was fouled by Romeo Weems on a three-point attempt.

“One of our critical areas of growth is how we execute on the offensive end and how we share the ball, how we move bodies and how we move the ball,” DePaul coach Dave Leitao said. “Particularly when it was needed I thought Seton Hall did a little bit better job of doing that.”

Seton Hall committed 11 turnovers in the first half and trailed by as many as 10 before Powell made two foul shots with four seconds left to trim DePaul’s lead to 37-31 at the break.

The Pirates then carried the momentum into the second half. Myles Cale had a three-pointer and a rebound basket during a 10-3 run that gave Seton Hall its first lead since the opening minutes at 48-45 with 14:21 left.

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