Jared Rhoden, Seton Hall tops Cal at Fort Myers Tip-Off

FORT MYERS, Fla .– Jared Rhoden scored 21 points as No.21 Seton Hall defeated California 62-59 in the third place game at Fort Myers Tip-Off.

Kadary Richmond had 12 points, while Alexis Yetna and Tyrese Samuel each scored 10 for Seton Hall (4-1).

Seton Hall made his first appearance in the Top 25 PA this week since the 2019-20 season ended after defeating No. 4 Michigan 67-65 on Nov. 16. However, the Pirates lost their first game in the Fort Myers event, 79-76 against Ohio State.

Andre Kelly had 23 points and 11 rebounds, and Grant Anticevich scored 15 points for California (2-4). Kelly went 7 for 8 from the floor and made all nine three throws.

Yetna landed one of two free throws to give Seton Hall a 60-59 lead with 1:05 to go.

After Cal’s Jalen Celestine missed a 3, Richmond was called in for a charge with 24 seconds left.

Anticevich missed a long-distance jumper before Rhoden made it 62-59 on two free throws with 6 seconds left. Seton Hall fouled Joel Brown, who missed both free throws, in the possession that followed.

Jared Rhoden walks over to the basket.
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In a game featuring both teams, Anticevich tallied 10 points, including two 3s, and Kelly made two free throws in a 12-5 push that gave Cal a 56-51 lead with four minutes remaining. end.

After Cal had a 14-2 run midway through the second half, Rhoden connected on a jumper and layup as Seton Hall scored eight points in a row for a 46- advantage. 44.

Cal took a 39-38 lead at 12:30 left as Lars Thiemann blocked a shot and Jordan Shepherd put in a layup. Shepherd then hit a jumper to bring the score to 41-38 after another rejection from Thiemann.

Seton Hall was leading 27-25, 12 of 15 from the free throw line in the first 20 minutes. For Cal, Kelly was perfect on the court (6 for 6) and on the line (3 for 3) in his 15-point first half.

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