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UMASS defeats the Hall: First Four and added notes

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The season ended on a beautiful sun kissed day. Seton Hall fell to UMASS 77-67 in round two of the NIT. The Pirates finished the season21-13 while the Minutemen (24-11) await the Drexel-Northern Iowa winner for the quarterfinals.



At the half Seton Hall trailed 36-30. Their second round NIT game against UMASS brought another sellout crowd to Walsh Gym. At intermission, the general feeling among Pirate faithful was they were fortunate it was not a double digit lead the Atlantic Ten representatives took into the locker room.

The first four minutes of the game and second half are crucial to setting a tone. Here is how the posessions figured the first four minutes after halftime.

Seton Hall

UMASS

Missed FGA

FGM

1 of 2 Free Throws

Missed FGA

FG made + missed FT (1of 2 FT), missed FGA

Turnover

Missed FGA

Missed FGA

3 PT FG

FGM

1 of 2 FT

2 of 2 FT

Score: 42-38 UMASS

Points ‘first four’ : 8-6 Seton Hall

Efficiency ‘first four’ Seton Hall 133 UMASS 100

The Pirates’ third possession was a long one, extended due to a flagrant foul committed by UMASS. The Hall hit one of two free throws awarded then missed a field goal attempt (rebounded by UMASS) on the ensuing play.

The ‘first four’ saw Seton Hall do what was needed, getting off to a good start not permitting the Minutemen to build on that lead.

The second half was closely contested. Short spurts and lead changes were the norm. The noted and subtle keys:

Many thought the Chaz Williams and Terrell Vinson three pointers in the waning minutes by the visitors were daggers. Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard did not agree. “Guys will always make shots,” Willard said. “What really hurt us was a turnover (with just under four minutes left). That turnover killed our momentum.

UMASS coach Derek Kellogg felt it was a pre-game goal. “We wanted to take four charges,” Kellogg said. UMASS didn’t. “We had two and two others went the other way (block),” Kellogg said,” but I still think it was important because we got our bodies in there and let them know we were ready to stop their penetration.’

Fuquan Edwin of Seton Hall led all scorers with 21 points. Williams paced UMASS with 20 and 6 assists. In their last game in a Pirate uniform, Jordan Theodore had 14 points while Herb Pope had 9 and 15 rebounds.

St. Patrick’s Day game was a sellout at Walsh with the crowd showing noticeably more Pirate blue than green.

Coffee and green bagels in the media room were a welcome treat.

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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