Seton Hall Roundup

dave@friarblog —  January 8th, 2012 8:03 PM —  Comments
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ESPN (AP): Seton Hall 66, Providence 57

Seton Hall led 32-29 at halftime and pulled ahead by 11 points just five minutes into the second half. Providence did not go away easily and made it a one-point game with 3:40 remaining before Theodore’s jumper sparked a 12-4 Seton Hall run to close the game.

StatSheet.com: Boxscore

Friars.com: Men’s Basketball Falls To Seton Hall, 57-66

Junior guard Vincent Council (Brooklyn, N.Y.) led the Friars in scoring with 23 points and nine assists while sophomore guard Gerard Coleman (Boston, Mass.) added 10 points. The Friars posted a school-high 17 blocks in the match up.

SHUPirates.com: Edwin’s Career Night Propels Men’s Basketball Past Providence, 66-57

Sophomore Fuquan Edwin (Paterson, N.J.) scored a career-high 24 points as the Seton Hall men’s basketball team improved to 14-2 overall and 3-1 in BIG EAST play with a 66-57 victory at Providence on Saturday.

The victory is the Pirates’ third straight and 11th in their last 12 games. Seton Hall’s 14 wins surpass its win total of a year ago.

In an outstanding all-around game, Edwin scored his 24 points on the strength of 5-for-8 from three point range. He grabbed nine rebounds and added to his national lead with five steals.

GoLocalProv: Friars foiled again, Pirates prevail 66-57

Compounding the problems for PC over the four Big East games are turnovers, and the opposition scoring off of those turnovers. In the four league losses, PC has turned the ball over 63 times, leading directly to 96 points. Saturday night, 17 Friar mistakes led to 21 Pirate points, while 11 Seton Hall turnovers gave PC just nine points of their own

Sun Chronicle: Friars tripped up

The Friars shot a commendable 44 percent from the floor and held a six-point lead during the first half, but they also committed nine turnovers, grabbed just three offensive rebounds, while Coleman and Henton were each limited to two shots and Cotton went 1-for-5 from the floor. “That shows you what Ed Cooley is doing here,” Willard praised the play of PC. “He’s doing tremendous things.”

NJ.com: Seton Hall rides Jordan Theodore late, to escape Providence with 66-57 win

The floating jumper with 3:23 left to play not only changed the direction of the game, but put it in Seton Hall’s favor. It led to 12-point closing burst that saved the game and gave the Pirates a crucial 66-57 road win over the Friars tonight. After canning the shot, Theodore followed it up by orchestrating a fast-break that resulted in a Fuquan Edwin basket that turned a one-point lead into a six-point one.

But it was the 10-footer that was the biggest shot of the night.

“It’s definitely what we needed,” said Theodore, who had 14 points and nine assists on the night. “Herb (Pope) set a great screen on Bilal Dixon and hedged hard. I drove by him and I saw the opening, so I pulled up and I took it.”

NJ.com: The Tip In: Seton Hall putting away Providence latest sign Pirates headed in right direction

1. It didn’t look pretty, so how did Seton Hall manage to escape The Dunk with a win?
The most simple way to put this is the easiest and most apt, so we’ll start there: This is a game that Seton Hall would’ve lost last year. We’ve heard that numerous times so far this year, but in this case, it’s 100 percent true. After being up 11 with under 10 play, last year’s Pirates team would’ve watched that lead get whittled away and then when the point came where Providence was within one and the Dunkin’ Donuts Center was about to explode, they would’ve caved in and lost. This year’s version played out differently because Jordan Theodore realized that the game-winning shot didn’t have to come with a few seconds left — it can come with over three minutes left. And it did. Theodore’s jumper with 3:23 left to play, crushed the Friar momentum. That was something we never saw from last year’s team and it’s a clear sign that this Pirate squad is for real.

Friar Basketball: PC in 7 Minutes: Providence vs. Seton Hall

3. Contrary to recent seasons, the Friars were sluggish on the offensive end, yet played with passion defensively. A school record 17 blocked shots played an obvious key in holding Seton Hall to just 36% shooting, with several blocks coming after a Friar ran down what looked to be an easy open court lay-in and others in recovery at the rim.

Behind hot shooting from Edwin (5 three pointers) the Hall nailed nine from deep on the night, which was big as they struggled to get much of anything inside in the halfcourt set, scoring just 14 two point field goals. They only got 11 points from the free throw line as well.

South Orange Juice: Seton Hall Basketball: Seton Hall 66, Providence 57; Good Teams Win Ugly Basketball Games

The ugliest moment of the night occurred when Herb Pope positioned himself to take a charge from Gerald Coleman. Pope set his feet in time, but a leaping Coleman ended up raking Pope in his left eye before plummeting to the hardwood himself. Every Seton Hall fan held their breath as Pope reached to his face and slowly lifted himself off the ground. I certainly was thinking back to Jeremy Hazell’s broken hand which derailed any possibility of a promising season last year. Surely, Seton Hall is further along this season in comparison, but the end result would have been the same, disappointment. Thankfully, neither player was seriously injured, Coleman returned to the game after a brief absence and Pope returned just seconds into the second half. Phew.

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