Eniel Polynice. Eniel Polynice. Eniel Polynice. Call his name three times and he will appear! Well, he has appeared tonight, Pirate fans. The "impact transfer" has arrived. Yeah, you know, the transfer that withdrew his name from the NBA-Draft this summer? That Eniel Polynice. EP has been outstanding, taking over EVERY aspect of the game through the first twenty minutes. His line? 11PTS/4AST/3REB/3BLK/STL/0TO on 5-of-7 shooting. That stat line looks quite Jos Smith-esque to me. Great job by Eniel, hope it continues.
-All around, this is the best 20 minutes we've seen by what's been largely a second half Seton Hall team. It'll be interesting to see if they come out with as much energy after the break as they did to start the game.
-The Pirates had to play much of the first half without Jeff Robinson (4min) who picked up a quick 2PF. Patrik Auda joined him on the bench late in the first half after he picked up his 3rd PF. It'll be something to keep an eye on; Dayton's been able to get inside on the Pirates, but they haven't taken advantage, often missing easy layups. If the few bigs we have sit on the bench in foul trouble, Dayton can find themselves back in this game.
-Seton Hall's 2-3 zone has limited the Flyers to 28% from the floor and 10% from long-distance, while creating 6TO. Meanwhile the Pirates have been hot, hitting 50% from the floor and the same percentage from beyond the arc.
-Herb Pope, welcome back, buddy. Herb posted 7PTS/4REB on a SMART selection of 3-of-6 from the floor.
-Jordan Theodore shot has been off (2-of-7), but he did make a huge 3PT to stretch the lead back to 12PTS late in the half after Dayton cut the lead to single digits. He added 4AST to only one TO, while making a few extremely pretty dishes to his teammates.
-If the Pirates come out with the same energy and can keep Jeff and Patrik out of foul-trouble, they'll take this game. We'll see you after the game and tune in to WSOU for John Lopiano's play-by-play and J.P. Guerette's post-game analysis.