NEWARK, N.J. – Jay Wright wasn't complaining after No. 6 Villanova had its record-tying 13-game winning streak to start the season stopped, and his 300th win with the Wildcats put on hold.
Tough games are par for the course in the Big East Conference, and Villanova (13-1, 1-1) came up just short against young and improving Seton Hall.
Khadeen Carrington hit a go-ahead layup with 1:38 to play in overtime and Seton Hall knocked off its second ranked foe this week, defeating Villanova 66-61 on Saturday.
"We didn't play our best, but I think it's because Seton Hall played a little bit better," Wright said, adding that he was proud of his team. "They executed a little bit better defensively and I thought their guys made some shots and we didn't."
The Wildcats struggled in almost all aspects of their game, except on defense. They shot 31 percent from the field, 21 percent from three-point range and a woeful 57 percent from the free throw line, missing 15 attempts.
Make a couple of those and the result is different.
Seton Hall (12-2, 2-0) would not be denied just days after upsetting No. 15 St. John's on Wednesday. Not even despite a career day by Wildcats' big man Daniel Ochefu, who had 19 points and 24 rebounds, personal bests.
"It's obviously always tough to lose," said Wildcats guard Darrun Hilliard, who had 14 points before fouling out in overtime. "It's tough. But this team is more than one loss. So many times we've been on the other end and felt great. Now it's our turn. It's tough. We'll bounce back."
Carrington finished with a career-high 17 points, while Sterling Gibbs added 20 for the Pirates.
Carrington's drive gave Seton Hall a 62-61 lead. After Ryan Arcidiacono missed a drive at the other end, he added two free throws with 22.5 seconds to go after the Pirates got an offensive rebound following Gibbs' three-point attempt.
Arcidiacono then turned over the ball with the Wildcats' looking for a tying three-pointer with 14 seconds left, and Jaren Sina iced the game with two free throws.
Ochefu said no one was worried about the winning streak.
"We didn't take the winning streak into consideration," he said. "That's not what we are about."
There were four ties in the final six minutes, with neither team leading by more than two points after Gibbs tied the score with an off-balance three-pointer.