Seton Hall Handles NJIT, 78-48
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The BIG EAST’s leading scorer Herb Pope (Aliquippa, Pa.) filled the stat sheet, recording 25 points, six rebounds and four assists. Fellow senior Jordan Theodore (Englewood, N.J.) added his third double-double of the season, netting 11 points to go along with a career-high 11 assists, marking the third-straight time the floor general has posted double-digit helpers and the fourth overall this season. Theodore did not record a single turnover in the game.
Isaiah Wilkerson led the Highlanders with 13 points and five rebounds. Sean McCarthy chipped in six points and eight rebounds off the bench.
The Pirates jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the first two minutes of action behind good defensive pressure and timely ball movement. The Highlanders absorbed the early onslaught and traded blows with SHU for most of the half. With the Pirates leading 17-13, a three-pointer by Wilkerson sparked a 9-2 run that gave the visitors their largest lead of the half at 22-19. The Hall responded by limiting NJIT to three field goals in the final eight minutes to take a 34-32 advantage into the intermission.
Both teams were hot from the floor going into the break with NJIT shooting 44.0 percent and SHU converting at a gaudy 58.3 clip. Theodore piloted the Pirates’ offensive machine in the first half, assisting on eight field goals, including the team’s first six of the game. For the half, the Pirates recorded an assist on 13 of 14 field goals made.
As the teams emerged from the locker room, the second half played out with a much different storyline. A layup from Wilkerson drew NJIT level at 36-36 with 19:16 remaining in the game. The Pirates took control from that point on, smothering the Highlanders during a 29-4 run in the over 12 minute span that elapsed before NJIT’s next made field goal. The run was powered by 11 baskets from five different Pirates, including eight points from Pope, providing the lift the Pirates needed to put the game away.
Sophomore Fuquan Edwin (Paterson, N.J.) contributed nine points, six rebounds and five steals to the winning effort. Forward Patrik Auda (Brno, Czech Republic) scored in double figures for the fourth consecutive outing, finishing with 11 points and seven rebounds.
The Hall shot season-bests 52.6% from the field and 45.0% from downtown while limiting NJIT to 15-50 for the game (30.0%) and 4-25 shooting in the second half.
Seton Hall will return to action on Saturday, December 10 when they host ACC foe Wake Forest at the Prudential Center. Game time is scheduled for 8:00 p.m.