Fuquan Edwin (23 points) struggled early, but the Spartans wouldn't contain him for long. - Jim O'Connor-US PRESSWIRE
Seton Hall won their second home opener in as many contests, defeating the Norfolk State Spartans 78-65 Monday night at the Rock.
Eugene Teague controlled the paint at the Prudential Center and he hardly allowed Norfolk State (1-1) to get their strokes in, leading Seton Hall (2-0) to a 78-65 victory on Monday night. Teague finished the night recording his first double-double (16pts/11reb) in a Seton Hall uniform, while absolutely dominating his matchup against the 7-foot Brandon Goode (4pts/7reb). Fuquan Edwin (28pts/10reb/6stl) joined Teague with dub-dub honors, finishing just five points shy of his career high and 4 steals short of a triple-double. Brandon Mobley (10reb) also filled up the stat sheet on the glass, despite failing to record a point in tonight's action.
In the second half, the Pirates were determined to get Teague his touches on nearly every possession and the strategy paid dividends. The Seton Hall big, wore the Spartans down, scoring and getting to the line at will, putting his teammates into the bonus and fouling Goode out of the game with nearly 9-minutes on the clock. Though Teague had another poor showing from the charity stripe (2-of-6), his contributions in the post helped control the pace throughout the evening.
Seton Hall sophomore guard, Aaron Cosby (8pts/16min), made his season debut backing up Tom Maayan at the point and playing the two with Maayan on the floor. Cosby looked a little hesitant, understandably so, as he continues to recover from a PCL injury suffered three weeks ago. Though Cosby doesn't possess the quickness and handle that we've seen from Maayan, he looked a little tentative when he took over the offense from Maayan. Cosby is unquestionably at his best when he plays off the ball, so the early season injury that forced Maayan into a starting role, may very well end up proving a blessing.
It's been a pleasure to watch the graduate do-all guard, Kyle Smyth (14pts, 4-of-4 3PG/4reb/2ast), who is fundamentally sound as any player on the roster. It's rare that Smyth makes a mistake as he's unbelievably smart on the floor. He's always making the right pass, the extra pass, playing with hustle, but under control, and we know he's fearless from deep.
Following the UMKC game, Kevin Willard told us we'd see some hockey line substitutions and they were on full display tonight. Though the move provides five fresh bodies, it comes at a risk of disrupting the flow of the offense. Willard made the move early enough tonight and there was little momentum to disrupt, but it'll be interesting to watch whether this is strictly experimental in the non-conference, or whether the tactic continues into conference play.
We'll have much more to come on the Juice as Rob Maganaro returns from the Rock to recap another Seton Hall home opening victory.