The Pirates went into the final ten minutes of last night's game looking forward to playing Notre Dame. The problem was that they still had to play Providence first. It is the little things that get in the way! After leading by 29 points the Hall was kind enough to allow the Friars to end their season on a quasi-high note. It was a combination of the Pirates shotty (that is the nice word) defense, poor passing, and turnover after turnover while playing out of control to go along with the Friars (more notable just Jamine Peterson) pouring in points like they were filling Seton Hall's champagne glass that made this laugher a game.
Let us go around the horn and hear from everyone about last night's "it ain't over 'till it's over" game:
Had the Pirates attempted to take 25 seconds off the shot clock on each possession over the last 13 minutes, Providence would have never had a chance to score 59 points in 13 minutes. Never. This is basic strategy, yet the lack of execution nearly cost us the game. .
Five players scored in double-figures for the Pirates. In addition to Pope's 27 points, sophomore Jordan Theodore (Englewood, N.J.) scored 21 points and dished out a team-high six assists.
PC Athletics looks at the valiant effort:
The furious Friar comeback continued, as a steal and floater in the lane by Council cut the Seton Hall lead to seven (104-97). Two free throws by Mondy moved the Friars within four at 108-104 and a jumper by Council pulled the Friars to within three at 109-106 with eight seconds left.
Jerry Carino looks at BET record 215 points scored:
Take an eraser to the tourney record book. This set the mark for most points in a BET tilt (non-overtime game), and both clubs broke the single-team scoring record (non-overtime). The previous single-team mark was 103 by Seton Hall in the 1993 championship rout of Syracuse.
There are seven Big East teams that figure to make the NCAA Tournament, and Notre Dame could be the eighth after a strong finish in which it beat Pittsburgh, Georgetown, UConn and Marquette. Notre Dame does not need to win this game to make the Tournament, but Seton Hall needs to win in order to have any kind of shot.
Beat ND and play Pitt close and you are squarely on the bubble, while holding your breath on selection Sunday. Beat Pitt and you can sleep well on Saturday night.
Seton Hall and Providence raced up and down the court, playing little defense in a one-sided game that felt like a school-yard mismatch most of the night. That is, until Providence nearly pulled off a colossal comeback.
Colossal comeback or colossal collapse? I guess it depends if you were the one bouncing the ball or having the ball bounced off your head.
Against the Friars, the Pirates showcased their capabilities when firing on all cylinders. They also demonstrated how quickly fortunes change in this conference.
The Pirates saw their huge cushion shrivel to five with a minute left, but held on for dear life at the line in the waning moments.
The best thing to take away from last night's game is the result. With the win the Pirates face Notre Dame tonight at MSG. Tip is set for 7PM.