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NIT: Seton Hall 63 Stony Brook 61, numbers and analysis

South Orange, NJ – On to round two. Seton Hall held off a good Stony Brook team, defeating the America East representatives 63-61 in the first round of the NIT. The game, held at sold out Walsh Gym on the Seton Hall campus, brought back memories of the days when all home games were here in South Orange. That discussion is for another time. Now, the numbers…

The pace and efficiency:

Possessions

Off. Efficiency

Stony Brook

66

92

Seton Hall

65

97

A moderately paced affair. Seton Hall had just a little better to show on the defensive end in this one. The Hall forced Stony Brook into 18 turnovers for n extremely high 27% TO rate. The early turnovers forced the Seawolves to get started slowly and climb out of a 12-2 deficit. Seton Hall committed 13 turnovers for a 20% rate.

Seton Hall showed a 55% eFG mark hitting 17 of 32 (53%) inside the arc. Stony Brook , which relies on the three, shot 6 of 24 (25%0) beyond the arc for a 43% eFG percentage.

Jordan Theodore led all scorers with 21 points. Stony Brook’s Marcus Rouse came off the bench to pace the Seawolves with 13.

Herb Pope added 20 points, 9 rebounds for the Pirates. Not to dig up the negative, but it was good to see Pope get in the scorebook in NIT play. His other outing was that infamous Texas Tech first round game in 2010. Pope played a few scoreless minutes prior to ejection for a flagrant foul. The Hall was handled by the Red Raiders of the Big 12 and Bobby Gonzalez gone the next morning.

Amazing stat: Stony Brook led the Hall in offensive rebounding percentage by a 48-7%. In raw numbers Stony Brook had 19 offensive boards to two for the Pirates. The first Hall offensive boards came with just under ten minutes to play. Coach Kevin Willard conceded rebounding a Stony Brook strength and Pirate weakness. The Seton Hall mentor did say , weakness or not, the Pirates cannot afford to be handled like that on the glass.

Amazing stat, the sequel: Didn’t even realize this one. And yours truly wrote a book on NIT history (appropriately named The National Invitation Tournament). Courtesy of Matt Sweeney of Media Relations, it was duly noted last night’s win snapped an eleven game NIT losing streak for the Pirates. Last win was a first round win over Marquette in the 1955-56 tournament. Again, a surprising number.

Seton Hall will entertain UMASS in round two at Walsh Gymnasium.

This FanPost was made by a member of the South Orange Juice community and is to be treated as the opinions and views of its author, not that of the blogger or blog community as a whole.

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