Rapid Reax: Seton Hall 63, Stony Brook 61
March, 13, 2012
By Kieran Darcy | ESPNNewYork.com
Recap | Box score
WHAT IT MEANS: Seton Hall (21-12), one of the four No. 1 seeds in the National Invitation Tournament, withstands a tough challenge from No. 8 seed Stony Brook (22-10) and advances to the second round of the NIT.
The Pirates, who were disappointed to not receive an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament, extend their season for at least one more game. The Seawolves, who won the America East regular season title but were upset in the conference championship game by Vermont, are done for the season.
TURNING POINT: After Stony Brook went ahead 2-0, Seton Hall scored 12 points in a row -- the Seawolves went almost eight minutes without a point, turning the ball over on several occasions. But then Stony Brook started making shots, and rallied to trail by just two, 32-30, at halftime.
Stony Brook actually took a three-point lead early in the second half, 39-36, with just over 16 minutes remaining. The game was tied midway through the second half at 46. The key sequence came right after that -- a 7-0 Seton Hall run to make it 53-46.
In the middle of that run, Dave Coley -- Stony Brook's second-leading scorer -- picked up his fourth foul on a charge call, and then received a questionable technical foul for protesting the call. That knocked Coley out of the game, and Stony Brook really could have used him down the stretch.
Still, Stony Brook had one last chance to tie or win the game. Bryan Dougher missed a long 3-point attempt that would have put the Seawolves on top, and then Tommy Brenton's putback at the buzzer went around the rim and fell out.
KEY PLAYER: Seton Hall's two senior leaders stepped up in a big way Tuesday night. Jordan Theodore had 21 points and six assists; Herb Pope had 20 points and nine rebounds.
For Stony Brook, seniors Dallis Joyner and Dougher were both in double figures in their final collegiate game -- Joyner had 14 points, Dougher added 12. Marcus Rouse had 13 points off the bench.
KEY STAT: Seton Hall had 15 steals on the night, including six by Fuquan Edwin, the NCAA leader in steals this season.
MISCELLANEOUS: This was the first Seton Hall game played in Walsh Gymnasium, on the Seton Hall campus, since Dec. 4, 2000. ... Seton Hall had lost 11 straight games in the NIT, dating back to 1956.
WHAT'S NEXT: Seton Hall will next face No. 5 seed UMass, which beat No. 4 seed Mississippi State 101-96 in double overtime Tuesday night. The date for the game has not yet been determined, but it will be at Walsh Gymnasium.