Men’s Basketball Trounces Tigers; Hand Auburn First Loss, 81-59
Seton Hall Press Release http://www.shupirates.com
NEWARK, N.J. – The Seton Hall men’s basketball team improved to 6-1 on the young season, downing Auburn 81-59 on Friday night to extend its winning streak to three. Auburn (4-1) has now lost in all three of their appearances in the BIG EAST-SEC Challenge.
Senior forward Herb Pope (Aliquippa, Pa.) once again led the Pirate attack, scoring 23 points and grabbing 12 rebounds for his third-straight and sixth overall double-double of the season. Sophomore guardFuquan Edwin (Paterson, N.J.) continued his hot shooting, going 6-for-10 from the floor for 14 points to go along with 9 rebounds, narrowly missing a double-double of his own.
Auburn was paced by junior Rod Chubb (12 points, six rebounds) and senior Kenny Gabriel (11 points, six rebounds).
Pope helped Seton Hall jump out to a 9-3 advantage with six points and two steals in the early going. The Tigers responded with two consecutive baskets to cut the lead to two. Over the next six minutes, SHU forced three turnovers as part of a 15-6 run that gave the Pirates an 11-point edge just past the midway mark of the first half. Auburn again closed the gap, finding their way to the rim for three unanswered layups to keep the score line tight. The two teams exchanged blows throughout the remainder of the period with the Pirates keeping the Tigers at bay behind their largest first half scoring output of the season, taking a 38-31 lead into the break.
The Hall converted nine first half turnovers into 11 points and scored 11 second chance points while allowing none. SHU also netted six three point field goals, all of which were assisted, while holding the Tigers to 2-8 shooting from behind the arc in the first stanza.
The Tigers scored two of the first three baskets registered in what was a slow-starting second half for both teams to close to within six at 41-35. Auburn would draw no closer however as the Pirates found a rhythm and distanced themselves as the second half wore on. SHU limited Auburn to nine made field goals in the final period secure the victory in a game which they never trailed.
SHU bombarded the Tigers from long range, converting 10-of-24 attempts (41.7%). Auburn managed just three makes on 16 three-point attempts (18.8%).
Seton Hall will return to action on Tuesday, December 6 when they host in-state rival NJIT at the Prudential Center. Game-time is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.