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Brentwood's John Garcia has his personal College career high rebounding game!!

Posted Saturday, March 03, 2007 by website
CINCINNATI, OHIO 2 A thin Seton Hall frontcourt was made thinner when senior Stan Gaines (Chicago, Ill.) fell to injury in the first half, and although the Pirates forced overtime, they weren't able to capture the victory and fell at Cincinnati on the Bearcats' Senior Night, 70-67.

The loss eliminates the Pirates (13-15, 4-11 B.E.) from BIG EAST Tournament contention.

Gaines took a shot to the head while attempting to take a charge in the first half and did not return due to a mild concussion.

Freshman Eugene Harvey (Brooklyn, N.Y.) made another case for his BIG EAST Rookie of the Year candidacy. He finished with a game-high 24 points, while also pulling down four rebounds and dishing out four assists. Red-shirt freshman John Garcia (Brentwood, N.Y.) turned in the best performance of his young career. The 6-foot-9 center scored six points and set career-highs with 12 rebounds, four blocks and 27 minutes played.

The first half saw a number of runs. Cincinnati (11-18, 2-13 B.E.) went on a 13-3 run to take a quick 15-7 lead with 11:01 remaining in the first. The Pirates answered back with an 8-0 run of their own to tie the game at 15 with 7:31 left in the half. The Bearcats jumped out again with an 8-0 run which put them in front 25-18 after the Pirates had taken a brief one-point lead. Cincinnati carried a seven-point lead, 31-24, into the half.

After a quick 8-2 Seton Hall run that brought the Pirates to within one at 33-32 with 16:55 remaining in the game, the second half proved to be significantly closer. In all, there were 10 lead changes and the game was tied nine times.

At the 6:46 mark of the second half and the Pirates trailing by only two, Brian Laing (Bronx, N.Y.) picked up his fourth foul, but it appeared to light a fire under the 6-foot-5 tri-captain. Prior to the foul, Laing was 2-for-13 from the floor. After the foul, he made six of his final seven shots to finish with 18 for the game. At one point, he scored eight straight points for the Pirates, which gave them a 56-54 lead with only 2:43 remaining in regulation.

A lay-up by John Williamson gave the Bearcats a 59-57 lead with only 43 seconds remaining, but on the ensuing possession, Harvey tied the game with a lay-up of his own. With 27 second remaining, Cincinnati held the ball for the final shot, but a strong defensive play by Paul Gause (Pittsgrove, N.J.) disrupted Deonta Vaughn's shot and Garcia was able to grab the rebound and clear the ball, forcing overtime.

Deonta Vaughn scored five of his team-high 20 points in the overtime period for the Bearcats, including a huge three-pointer that broke a 61-61 tie and gave Cincinnati the lead for good.

Both teams shot under 40 percent from the floor for the game. Seton Hall was out-rebounded, 46-to-34, but committed only eight turnovers in the game.

The Pirates will close out the 2006-07 campaign at Louisville on Sunday, March 4. Game time is scheduled for noon. (From the Seton Hall Basketball web-site.)

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