Twenty-three turnovers, 56% foul shooting, and sub-par outside shooting (5-for-20) inhibited Seton Hall from improving to 3-0 yesterday afternoon in Macon, Georgia. Mercer prevailed 77-74 in 2OT after losing to Seton Hall 80-77 in 1OT back in 2011. The Seton Hall loss came in spite of a career-high 35 points from Fuquan Edwin, who was one of Seton Hall's lone bright spots on the day.
Post-game quotes from Kevin Willard & Seton Hall players:
Due to the scarce media coverage for this game, the only quotes available are a few brief snip-its from Kevin Willard's post-game interview with Gary Cohen on 570 AM. Unfortunately, WMCA did not have a working Internet stream so we could not listen in on the interview, but Jerry Carino captured a few quotes.
They sound like the exact same points that Kevin Willard made after the Kent State win: more touches in the paint, poor defense, and he is going to try different combinations.
Interesting stats & notes:
- Seton Hall missed the front-end of a 1-and-1 five separate times yesterday. They also went 0-for-2 at line two times. In the two overtime periods, Seton Hall missed the front-end twice and went 0-for once. Missed opportunities.
- Seton Hall had a 28% turnover percentage against Mercer. If that value were the team average, it would be bottom-5 in the country.
- Mercer did not attempt a free throw until Ike Nwamu sank one with 3:56 remaining in the second half.
- Nwandu was by far the most impactful player off of either bench. He put up a solid stat line (10 pts, 6 rebs, 4-6 fgs) in 26 minutes of action. One of his biggest plays was on the defensive end when he drew a charge on Sterling Gibbs with 3:04 to play in the second overtime, the foul was Gibbs' fifth.
- Langston Hall only played three minutes in the first half, but the twenty-six that he played in the second half and overtime periods proved crucial. Hall finished with 24 points and 5 assists. 19 points and 1 assist were after the second half under-4 media timeout. "I was on the bench a lot of the time so I was well rested for the second half, it felt like I didn't even play that much, really," Hall said after the game.
- Seton Hall defensively had around a 19% steal percentage (Stls divided by defensive posessions) today; 15 steals on 21 Mercer turnovers. Fuquan Edwin swiped a game-high 5 steals; Mercer had approximately 77 possessions. The national leader in steal% was VCU with 17% last season.
- After shooting 5-for-20 from 3-pt against Mercer, Seton Hall is hitting threes at 30.6% (15-of-49) on the season.