Originally created 03/20/00

Shine sparkles for Seton Hall



BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Ty Shine was so impressive, even Shaheen Holloway was brought to his feet.

Seton Hall's backup point guard became the backup hero Sunday, helping the Pirates advance to the regional semifinals for the first time since 1992.

Replacing the injured Holloway in the first half, Shine scored a career-high 26 points, including the winning 3-pointer with 18 seconds left in overtime, to give the 10th-seeded Pirates a 67-65 win over second-seeded Temple in the second round of the East Regional.

"I just tried to step up when I saw him go down," Shine said of Holloway, who hurt his ankle eight minutes into the game and had to be carried off the court. "I was just ready for my opportunity. When I got into the game we were kind of down. I just wanted to provide a boost."

Shine, an Augusta native who played at Richmond Academy through his junior year, started a 3-point barrage that turned a 14-8 deficit into a 31-29 halftime lead and it didn't stop in the second half, even against Temple's vaunted mathcup zone.

The Pirates finished 15-for-30 from 3-point range, and Shine was 7-for-11.

The last of those 3s gave the Pirates a 66-65 lead and had Holloway, who was sitting at the end of the bench in a wheelchair with his leg elevated and ankle wrapped in ice, standing and jumping on his good leg.

"I don't know what to say. Last year when I got hurt Ty stepped up, and he did the same thing today," Holloway said, referring to a neck injury that kept him out of six games last season. "When I went down, I was afraid this was going to be my last college game. I didn't want it to end like this. I don't know what's going to happen, but it's great that we advanced."

Shine, who was averaging 7.2 points per game heading into the contest and whose previous high was 18, transferred to Withrow High in Cincinnati following his junior year at ARC.

He then spent a year at Milford Academy in Connecticut while attempting to improve his grades before enrolling at Seton Hall.

Seton Hall (22-9) moves on to face third-seeded Oklahoma State, which beat 11th-seeded Pepperdine 75-67, on Friday in the regional semifinals in Syracuse. Holloway was to start treatment Sunday night and his status was to be determined as the week progressed.

Temple coach John Chaney saw yet another season end without him reaching his first Final Four. Many considered this the 68-year-old's best team and he was a natural sentimental choice.

"This team certainly had a lot more talent and a lot more depth than any team I've had since I've been involved but your best team isn't always the team that wins," Chaney said.

This is Seton Hall's fourth trip to the round of 16 but it didn't look as if the Pirates would be going anywhere when Holloway, the hero of the opening-round victory over Oregon with a length-of-the court drive with 1.7 seconds left in overtime, injured his left ankle eight minutes into the game on a drive to the basket.

While he was at the hospital for X-rays, the Pirates started raining 3-pointers.

The 15 3s broke the East Regional record of 14 set by Penn in 1995 and matched by Long Island University in 1997, but both of those came in losses.

Rimas Kaukenas, who was 4-of-7 on 3s, added 18 points for the Pirates, while Darius Lane had 16 points and was 4-for-12 from beyond the arc.

The Pirates were 8-for-14 from 3-point range in the win over Oregon and they kept the long-range accuracy up against Temple.

"We said we were going to live with our shots," Seton Hall coach Tommy Amaker said. "We couldn't leave here holding anything back. We said we were going to attack and shoot our shots. We're a team that can kind of get on a roll a little bit."

Shine started that roll.