Pirates Struggle by SeawolvesWhen I looked at the Seton Hall basketball schedule prior to the season and I saw that the Stony Brook Seawolves were coming to town I was not too concerned. But as I watched the Pirates take on the Seawolves at the prudential center on Friday night I caught my self worrying about a game that I should not have been worrying about, due to the fact they almost handed Stony Brook what would have been their biggest win in school history.
Early on in the game it was clear that Stony Brook had not forgotten about their 63-61 loss to Seton Hall in last years first round of the NIT, when Stony Brook got off to an 18-8 lead early and it seemed as though this was going to be a very long night. But out of a Seton Hall full time out Brian Oliver had other plans coming off of the bench scoring Seton Hall’s next eight of ten points evening the game at 18. Brian Oliver took the show over and going into the locker room the pirates lead 38-31 finishing the half with a lot of momentum. What kept Stony Brook within reach was the very impressive play by Stony Brook’s Dave Cooly who was the game high scorer with 21 points and the sloppy play of the pirates who finished the game with 16 turnovers.
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With one minute remaining in regulation Seton Hall lead 60-59 Stony Brook had one last opportunity to win as Anthony Jackson fired up a three pointer with one second on the clock but was off target. Outside of Brian Oliver coming off the bench willing the pirates to victory with 20 points Brandon Mobley contributed with 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Gene Teauge had 14 points. The pirates who leading up to this game lead the big east in amount of points from three point range shot 34.6 percent from beyond the arc while Stony Brook shot 50 percent from beyond the arc. What helped Seton Hall down the stretch was that they were 13-17 from the foul line a place in which the pirates have been known for struggling from.
With the non conference season complete the pirates still have many things that will factor in. Reducing turnovers is very important as having 16 turnovers in a big east match up will spell disaster. Earlier in the week the teams back up center Keven Johnson had knee surgery and will be out for a long time. It will be important for the pirates to consistently be able to hit the three pointer as in many cases they live and die by the three pointer, Eugune Teauge is going to have to continue with his solid contribution’s down low. It will also be interesting to see how this team will react if they struggle early on in big east play as they face the likes of Notre Dame and Louisville. Big East play opens up Wednesday night for the pirates in Chicago as they take on Depaul.
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