Seton Hall responded from their worst loss in recent memory and for at least a night, survived the loss of their captain Fuquan Edwin in defeating LIU 92-81. Edwin went down in the opening minutes after landing awkwardly during a rebound attempt. He immediately clutched for his ankle as he fell for the ground and proceeded to lie on the court writhing in pain as Pirates fans collectively held their breath. Shortly after, Edwin was helped to the locker room unable to put any weight on his right foot before we received word that his ankle was being iced and his return was, "hopeful."
The original prognosis sounded pretty optimistic, but it is a little concerning that he never returned to the bench in the second half. Obviously, with the game just about in-hand at the halftime, the Pirates had no need to put Edwin back on the floor (assuming the injury is minor), as it made more sense just to rest him for Rutgers on Sunday night. Again, at the time of this writing, we aren't sure how serious the injury actually is - something to keep an eye on.
LIU forwards, Landon Atterberry and Chris Carter found themselves in early foul trouble in the first half, which allowed the Pirates to roast their zone as they made good on nine first half triples, many of the wide-open variety. The story of the night was Brian Oliver (26pts, 8-of-17 3PT) who made a strong case for Big East player of the week as the senior drained five 3-pointers in the first half and finished the night with eight. The Seton Hall point guards were determined to get in on the deep action as Tom Maayan (6pts/2to) took his 4th and 5th 3PA attempts of the season in the first half and sank both while Sterling Gibbs (16pts/5ast/3stl/0to) managed to add a pair of triples as well.
Making his first start at the two-guard, Jaren Sina struggled from the floor but contributed 6 assists, most of which came from playing off the ball, large in-part as a beneficiary to the red hot Oliver. The Pirates front court put forth arguably their most productive effort of the season as Brandon Mobley (14pts/7reb, 5-of-7) was extremely efficient and Gene Teague added his second double-double of the season (17pts/16reb).
Seton Hall and it's fans now play the waiting game to find out the status of Fuquan Edwin's injured right ankle, as the season's fate likely hangs in the balance. The Pirates will head to the RAC on Sunday to take on their intrastate rival, and if Edwin's injury is minor you would expect him to make every effort to convince the staff he's good to go. It's only one game in the middle of a poor non-conference schedule, but the Pirates did exactly what they should have done Sunday against FDU. They convincingly beat a bad team that they needed to and they can only win the games that are placed in front of them. On Sunday, we will find out if they can go on the road and do the same.