Seton Hall senior Fuquan Edwin is trending alright. In fact, he is becoming a major consistency in the Pirates scheme of things and inside of games as Seton Hall is off to a 7-2 mark to begin the season. Edwin is proving to be the natural leader on this team. Saturday night at Wake Forest when the Pirates looked like they might capsize, Edwin steared the ship into steady waters.
The Hall had been it’s own worst enemy in turning the ball over 23 times on the evening as some of those came in waves. That issue had become so paramount that Wake Forest took a 12-point lead on three different occasions in the second half before the Pirates could clean up the ballhandling issues. At that point, Edwin came to the aid of the team as he scored 17 of his 24 points in the second half to allow Seton Hall to erase the deficit and run past Wake Forest, 71-67.
“Coming into Wake Forest, every road game is a tough game and the game is about runs,” Edwin said afterward, “Unfortunately, we had to face adversity as a young group, and I think we did that well to come out with the win.”
Much of that adversity dealt with the turnovers, but also Seton Hall had problems locating Wake Forest shooter C.J. Harris who made 7-of-10 three-point shots and finished with 28 points. Once Edwin started to cook, Harris began to be held in check and Seton Hall rallied.
Edwin scored nine of 11 points in a Pirates’ run that saw Seton Hall scissor the lead to single digits at 55-47 on his layup with 9:57 to play. His biggest scored was on a fast break off an Aaron Crosby steal that tied the game at 63 with 2:32 left.
“I just wanted to be active,” commented Edwin, “Coach challenged me at halftime. He said I wasn’t getting after it on defense and it kinda got to me. It shouldn’t take that. I challenged myself to be active on the floor and get my hand on balls, and it disturbed them a little bit.”
Edwin was a part in the heigthened sense of defense as the Pirates forced seven turnovers in the last 7:39 and converted six of those possessions into points.
“It started with Tommy (Maayan) and Aaron Cosby pressuring the ball up top,” said Edwin, ” Them pressuring like that leads to lazy passes and me being as fast as I am I can get there on time and steal the ball.”
And of course it figured that Edwin would be a key in the knockout punch. Eugene Teague knocked down a free throw to cut the Wake lead to 67-66 with 34.9 seconds remainin,g and Seton Hall set up the full court pressure. Mayaan and Cosby pressured the inbounds pass in the corner, Edwin got a hand on the subsequent pass and Brandon Mobley slammed his steal which put The Hall ahead for good at 68-67. Edwin sank two free throws on the next possession which allowed the Pirates to survive their own storm of turnovers.
“I just wanted to be patient in my game and be confident and just when I got the ball, be strong go into the lane and create,” Edwin noted, “Then I was able to get to the free throw line and make free throws.”
- Ken Cross
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