Stats & Info: Seton Hall Pirates

Numbers To Know: Thursday recap

November, 30, 2012
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Player of the Night – Jack Cooley
Cooley notched his third straight double-double in the Notre Dame Fighting Irish’s 64-50 win over the Kentucky Wildcats. The Irish improved to 4-31 against ranked Kentucky squads.

Going up against one of the five tallest teams in the country, Cooley led all players with 11 rebounds. That includes six offensive boards, which led to eight second-chance points.

Freshman of the Night – Michael Frazier II
Frazier broke out in the Florida Gators' 82-49 drubbing of the Marquette Golden Eagles. The freshman scored 12 of his career-high 17 points in the first half. He came into the game averaging just 3.4 points per game.

It was the most points for a Florida freshman off the bench since Erving Walker in 2009.

Scorer of the Night – T.J. Price
Price was the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers' only player in double figures in a 65-54 road win over the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks. The sophomore finished with a career-high 30 points, as the rest of the starting lineup combined for only 16. Price accounted for 11 of his team’s first 13 points.

Ugly Stat Line Part I – Seton Hall
The Seton Hall Pirates committed 26 turnovers in a 72-67 loss to the LSU Tigers. That’s the most turnovers in a game for the Pirates since 2001, and the most LSU has forced since 2003.

Ugliest of all is when the bulk of those turnovers occurred. Seton Hall led 48-34 before committing 17 turnovers in the final 16 minutes of the game. That includes one stretch of four turnovers in a minute.

Ugly Stat Line Part II – Marquette
Marquette never led in its 82-49 loss to Florida. The Golden Eagles were held below 50 points for the first time since 2007. It was Marquette’s worst non-conference loss since a 33-point blowout by the Kansas Jayhawks in 2003.

Wednesday Recap: Nash key in upset win

January, 26, 2012
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Player of the Night - Le'Bryan Nash
Nash scored 13 points during a pivotal 17-4 run late in the second half, as Oklahoma State knocked off No. 2 Missouri, 79-72. The freshman finished with a career-high 27 points. Nash came into this one shooting just 37.8 percent from the field, but hit 12 of 18 shots in the best shooting night of his career. It was the first time since 1957 that an unranked Oklahoma State team defeated the No. 2 team in the nation.

Board Monster - Mike Moser
One of the best rebounders in the nation had the best rebounding game of his career. Moser pulled down 21 rebounds to go with 18 points as UNLV topped Boise State 77-72 in overtime. Moser is the only player with multiple 20-rebound games this season. He fell five shy of Jimmie Baker's school record set in 1973. Moser's 11.7 RPG would be the highest for an UNLV player since Sidney Green's 11.9 in 1982-83.

Youth Is Served – St. John’s
In Wednesday’s 78-62 win over West Virginia, St. John’s featured a starting lineup consisting of five freshmen. It’s believed to be the first time the school has done that since 1927-28. The Red Storm were led by 23 points and 13 rebounds from Moe Harkless, the fourth-leading freshman scorer in the nation. According to kenpom.com, St. John’s has the least experienced roster in the nation, averaging just 0.56 years.

Free Throw Focus - Julius Mays
Mays went 19-20 from the free throw line in Wright State’s 69-63 win over UIC, setting a school record for free throws made in a game. It’s the second-most free throws made in a game this season behind 20 from Oregon State’s Jared Cunningham. Mays, a transfer from N.C. State, finished with a career-high 33 points.

Ugly Stat Line of the Night - Herb Pope
Pope went 2-for-16 from the field in Seton Hall's ugly 55-42 home loss to Notre Dame. It was the fewest points Seton Hall has scored at home since 2005. Even without Pope's bad night, the rest of the Pirates still shot just 31.7 percent. Pope missed his first six shots and was 1-12 going into halftime. Of his 14 misses, seven were listed as layups in the box score, and one was a dunk.
Player of the Night - Rodney McGruder
After a 1-3 start in the Big 12, Kansas State badly needed a win Wednesday against Texas. Rodney McGruder made sure of it with a career-high 33 points, as the Wildcats held on to win, 84-80. McGruder kept the Wildcats above water early, scoring 13 of their first 26 points. He’s really stepping up at home. In three conference games in Manhattan, McGruder is averaging 27.7 PPG with a 62.5 field goal percentage.

Filling Up The Stat Sheet – Colt Ryan
Two weeks ago, Doug McDermott torched Bradley for 44 points. On Wednesday, it was Colt Ryan’s turn. The Evansville junior scored a career-high 39 points in a 90-67 win over the Braves. Ryan was just one point shy of being the first Evansville player to score 40 in a game since Parrish Casebier in Dec. 1992. Ryan finished 8-for-14 from 3-point range. He’s joins Villanova’s Maalik Wayns as the only players with at least 39 points, nine rebounds and three assists in a game this season.

Breakout Game – Reginald Buckner
Arnett Moultrie has been the talk of the SEC, but he was overshadowed Wednesday, as Reginald Buckner scored a career-high 19 points to go with 15 rebounds as Ole Miss topped Mississippi State, 75-68. Buckner entered the game averaging just 5.9 PPG.

Bench Stars – Jorge Brian Diaz and Dylan Talley
Jorge Brian Diaz knocked down a pair of free throws with 11 seconds remaining give Nebraska a 70-69 upset win over Indiana. It’s the Cornhuskers' first win over Indiana since 1920. Diaz and Dylan Talley, both bench players, combined for 17 points in the second half, as the Cornhuskers erased a seven-point halftime deficit.

Ugly Stat Line of the Night - Jordan Theodore
Jordan Theodore entered Wednesday on track to be the first Big East player to average 16 points and seven assists per game since Sherman Douglas in the late 1980s. But in Seton Hall’s 84-76 loss to Villanova, Theodore couldn’t find the bottom of the net. He went 2-for-16 from the field, including 0-for-8 from two-point range.

Paul powers Illinois to upset win

January, 11, 2012
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Brandon Paul’s 43-Point Explosion
Brandon Paul exploded for 43 points in Illinois’ 79-74 win over Ohio State. It’s the third most points in Illinois history behind only Dave Downey’s 53 points in 1963 and Andy Kaufmann’s 46 in 1990.

Paul nearly doubled his previous career high of 23. It’s also the fourth most points ever scored against the Buckeyes, and the most since Central Michigan’s Tommie Johnson had 45 in 1987.

Paul also added eight points and four rebounds. Over the past 10 seasons, the only other players with 40 points, eight rebounds and four blocks were Al Thornton and Chris Kaman.

Second-Worst Loss of Rick Pitino Era
Providence stunned Louisville 90-59 behind a pair of 27-point scorers (Bryce Cotton and Kadeem Batts). The 31-point margin is the largest for the Friars over a ranked foe since 1978. For Louisville, it was the second-worst loss of the Rick Pitino era.

Vincent Council fell just two rebounds shy of a triple-double. He’s the first player with 15 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists since East Tennessee State's Courtney Pigram in 2007.

Florida State block party
Virginia Tech shot just 30.5 percent in a 63-59 loss to Florida State, but it wasn’t necessarily because the Hokies were off the mark. Of their 41 misses, 15 were blocked shots. Deividas Dulkys accounted for five of those, despite having only seven blocks entering the game.

It tied the most blocks against Virginia Tech in school history. In 1988, Dikembe Mutombo and Alonzo Mourning helped Georgetown to 15 blocks against the Hokies. The 15 blocks tied a Florida State school record set in 1994-95 against Florida Atlantic.

Seattle plays Hack-a-Husky
When Seattle faces Washington, you can count on some fouls. The Huskies attempted 59 free throws courtesy of 37 Seattle fouls in a 91-83 win. The last time these two teams met at Washington (in 2010), Seattle committed 45 fouls which led to 61 Washington free throws.

In the last three seasons, there have been five games in which a team shot at least 59 free throws. Two of those have been Washington at home against Seattle.

Seton Hall continues to roll
A pair of Seton Hall players registered career-high scoring totals in the Pirates’ 94-73 win over DePaul. Fuquan Edwin finished with 28 points, having already matched his career high at halftime.

But Jordan Theodore, overlooked as a Cousy Award finalist, was perhaps the most impressive player on the court. He finished with a career-high 26 points and 11 assists. During Seton Hall’s four-game Big East win streak, Theodore is averaging 19.3 points per game and 9.8 assists per game.

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