|Norfolk St. @ Seton Hall, Game #2
|November 12th, 2012|
|The Prudential Center, Newark, NJ|
|Pendarvis Williams||PG||Tommy Maayan|
|Malcolm Hawkins||SG||Fuquan Edwin|
|Kris Brown||SF||Brian Oliver|
|Rob Johnson||PF||Brandon Mobley|
|Brandon Goode||C||Eugene Teague|
|Opening Line N/A|
In the second game of the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame Tip-Off "Tournament", Seton Hall and Norfolk St. meet Monday evening for opening night action at the Rock. While the Pirates' defense made easy work of a weak UMKC squad, dispatching the 'Roos 75-36, the Spartans handled Rhode Island in Kingston, 67-55. Norfolk State was paced by a torrid second half that saw the Spartans outscore URI by 17 as F/C Brandon Goode led the way finishing with 13 points and 13 rebounds.
Eugene Teague has his work cut out for him as he'll battle for post position against the 7-foot Junior, Brandon Goode, who saw little time last season (3.5mpg) playing behind NCAA Tournament darling, Kyle O'Quinn.
Like we saw Friday against Kansas City, this is a game that the Pirates should control from start to finish. The Spartans will turn the ball over a lot, which literally plays into the hands of Fuquan Edwin and Tommy Maayan. It's doubtful that the Spartans will put on a shooting clinic, but one area the Pirates need to focus on outclassing their opponent is in controlling the glass. Should Eugene Teauge and Patrik Auda fall into foul trouble, Nofrolk State will have an opportunity to win the battle of the boards, which could allow them to control the pace and grind out a tight contest late into the second half.
At the end of the evening, the Pirates will prove too talented for last year's Cinderella challenger from the MEAC and will head off to the Mohegan Sun with an 84-69 victory and two W's in their pocket.