Tuesday, March 13, 2012
W2W4: Seton Hall vs. Stony Brook
By Kieran Darcy
Here are three things to watch for when Seton Hall (20-12, 8-10 Big East) takes on Stony Brook (22-9, 14-2 America East) on Tuesday night at Walsh Gymnasium in South Orange, N.J.
Tip-off is at 7:15 p.m., and you can watch the game via ESPN3.
CONSOLATION PRIZE: Both teams were hoping to be in the NCAA tournament, but Seton Hall was left out by the selection committee, and Stony Brook was upset in the America East championship game by Vermont. Instead, these two local teams will battle in the first round of the NIT.
The Pirates are one of four No. 1 seeds in this tournament -- the Seawolves are a No. 8 seed. The winner of this game will be play the winner of No. 4 seed Mississippi State versus No. 5 seed Massachusetts.
Each team, or both, could be susceptible to a hangover effect after big disappointments over the weekend.
WELCOME HOME: This will be the first men's basketball game played at Walsh Gymnasium since Dec. 4, 2000, when Seton Hall defeated Norfolk State, 97-87. In that game, Seton Hall freshman forward Eddie Griffin had 21 points, 12 rebounds and 10 blocks in 27 minutes of action -- the only triple double in school history.
Another interesting note: This is Seton Hall's 17th appearance in the NIT, but the Pirates have lost 11 straight games in this tournament. Their last win came way back in 1956.
For Stony Brook, this is its second NIT appearance in the past three seasons. The Seawolves hosted a first-round game in 2010, and lost to Illinois.
SAY GOODBYE: This will be the last game of the season for one of these two teams, and both teams have seniors who have had outstanding college careers.
For Seton Hall, point guard Jordan Theodore (16.0 ppg, 6.7 apg) and power forward Herb Pope (15.2 ppg, 10.3 rpg) were both All-Big East selections this season -- Theodore on the second team, Pope on the third team. Theodore also broke the school's single-season record for assists this year.
Stony Brook is led by senior guard Bryan Dougher (13.2 ppg), a New Jersey native, who just became the school's all-time Division I scoring leader in the America East title game.