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3 takeaways from Seton Hall's victory against Missouri

Dec 17, 2023; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Seton Hall Pirates guard Al-Amir Dawes (2) looks to pass
Dec 17, 2023; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Seton Hall Pirates guard Al-Amir Dawes (2) looks to pass / Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
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1. Near late collapse was concerning

This was one of those games that felt like it was over with just about 10 minutes to go in the second half for Seton Hall. This team had a lead that extended as far as 19 points, but obviously, the score ended up 13 points closer than that.

The Missouri Tigers did a great job of not backing down from their situation, creating turnovers, getting clutch buckets and hitting some key threes down the stretch. In these games, it is not abnormal for the losing team to close the gap a bit once the team in the lead starts to play a bit more conservatively down the stretch, but this game was a few key plays away from being much closer.

This was an important lesson to not take your foot off the gas in these situations, especially when the crowd is not in your favor to get you locked back in. Missouri did a great job in riding the momentum the crowd gave them, but Seton Hall has to make sure that a comeback is out of reach in these situations.

What was great for this team was that they were able to knock down enough free throws when Missouri started to play the foul game, they finished 17-23 from the line, but they did just enough to win this one there. Kadary Richmond also got a huge and-one once Missouri cut the lead to just a couple of possessions, this team had enough players who understood the situation and did not back down from the Missouri rally.

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Against teams like UConn though, they will finish the job when it comes to a rally like that. So while this worked out just fine against Missouri, this is something that cannot happen again in Big East play.