VILLANOVA, Pa. — Seton Hall coach Bobby Gonzalez opted to bench star shooting guard Jeremy Hazell for the last 4:o4 of Tuesday’s 81-71 loss to No. 2 Villanova after Hazell had put up a game-high 32 points on 12-for-23 shooting.
After Scottie Reynolds hit a 3-pointer to put the game out of reach at 76-66, Hazell missed a jumper and Gonzo pulled him. He never went back in.
“It’s not the way you want to play college basketball,” Gonzo said. “I wouldn’t be doing a good job of teaching him, I’m not helping him. So basically I took him out and I told him ‘Jeremy you can go 1-on-1 and you can be forceful, press and look for some shots but you can’t just come down every time and take bad double-clutch shots.’