Tyrese Samuel is the only four-year commit to Seton Hall’s basketball program.

On Thursday, the basketball gods rewarded his loyalty.

The 6-foot-10 senior sank a 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift the Pirates to a 70-69 victory over Memphis in the quarterfinals of the ESPN Events Invitational in Orlando, Hall’s first landmark victory under head coach Shaheen Holloway.

Samuel finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds and made four crucial free throws as the Pirates improved to 4-1 before Friday’s semifinal against Oklahoma (8 p.m., ESPN 2).

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Postman said the play was intended as a three-pointer for graduate guard Jameer Harris. Samuel looked his way as he took cues from Richmond’s Kadara, but when Harris was blanketed, the big lad knew the result was in his hands. A career .303 shooter from beyond the arc, he began his prayer from about 25 feet, right away, with his hand in his face.

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