Updated Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 03:51 PM
UNCASVILLE, Conn. — Early Saturday afternoon, the University of Washington received some good news.
Scott Suggs, who suffered a concussion in Tuesday's stunning one-point loss to lowly Albany, was finally cleared to play after making it through shoot-around without any symptoms.
Later, the Huskies realized how much they needed Suggs. UW nearly had another heartbreaking defeat, but thanks to some clutch plays by Suggs, the Huskies recovered for an 84-73 overtime victory over Seton Hall in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off tournament at Mohegan Sun Arena.
The Huskies blew a 16-point second half lead and trailed 71-68 with 1:51 remaining before Suggs made a layup and Aziz N'Diaye connected on one of two free throws. With the game tied at 71, Seton Hall's Patrik Auda had an air ball on a three-pointer at the end of regulation.
On the first two possessions of overtime, Suggs and Andrew Andrews made consecutive three pointers. Suggs added another three in overtime and finished with 15 points.
"He was huge," UW coach Lorenzo Romar said. "He played like a senior does on the road, how a senior should."
Said Suggs: "It's a new game, a new day. We had to turn the page, learn from that (Albany) loss and try to get a win again."
Abdul Gaddy led UW with 16 points, one shy of his career high, including 14 in the first half. He didn't score in the second half, but he had two free throws with 2:04 remaining in overtime to give the Huskies an eight-point lead.
N'Diaye had 14 points and nine rebounds, and Romar praised the 7-foot center for his defensive effort against Seton Hall center Eugene Teague, who missed all five of his field-goal attempts and finished with one point. Entering Saturday, Teague had averaged 15 points and shot nearly 65 percent from the field in the Pirates' first two games, both victories.
Desmond Simmons added 14 points and 12 rebounds, a performance that Romar called "sensational." And C.J. Wilcox had 11 points.
The Huskies play Ohio State on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Ohio State, ranked fourth in The Associated Press and USA Today polls, defeated Rhode Island 69-58 on Saturday. UW last played the Buckeyes on Dec. 1, 1972, winning 67-63 in the season opener in Seattle.
"It's going to be fun," Gaddy said. "We look forward to it. ... We feel like we can play with anybody and beat anybody, but they're a really good team. We're going to have to really be dialed in on defense and offense."
Fuquan Edwin paced Seton Hall with 27 points, including 25 in the final 22 minutes and overtime. The Pirates made 12 of 23 three pointers but struggled from the free-throw line, making only 7 of 15 attempts.
Trailing 49-33 at halftime, Seton Hall tied the score at 56 with 9:23 remaining in regulation on Kyle Smyth's three pointer from the left corner. Smyth later made another three to give the Pirates a 66-60 lead, but the Huskies played better from there and persevered for the victory.
"It was a gutsy effort by our guys in overtime," Romar said.
|SETON HALL 73|
Percentages: FG .435, FT .467. Three-point goals: 12-23, .522 (Smyth 3-5, Edwin 3-6, Maayan 2-3, Oliver 2-3, Mobley 1-1, Cosby 1-2, Auda 0-3). Team rebounds: 2. Blocked shots: 2 (Mobley, Edwin). Turnovers: 15 (Maayan 3, Teague 2, Auda 2, Wilson 2, Cosby 2, Geramipoor, Smyth, Oliver). Steals: 11 (Smyth 3, Edwin 3, Geramipoor 2, Auda 2, Oliver). Technical fouls: None.
Percentages: FG .519, FT .846. Three-point goals: 6-17, .353 (Suggs 3-4, Andrews 2-4, Gaddy 1-4, Wilcox 0-5). Team rebounds: 2. Blocked shots: 2 (Jarreau, Wilcox). Turnovers: 16 (Suggs 5, Jarreau 3, Gaddy 3, Simmons 3, Andrews 2). Steals: 4 (Wilcox 2, Simmons, Suggs). Technical fouls: None.
Attendance: 6,003. Officials: Robert Adams, Gary Tracy, Robert Riley.
FRED BECKHAM / AP
Washington's Abdul Gaddy scores two of his 14 first-half points, helping the Huskies lead 49-33 at halftime. UW had a tough time in the second half, but won in OT.