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Post-Game Notes: LIU Blackbirds 66 Seton Hall Pirates 95

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Seton Hall defeated LIU tonight, 95-66 at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. They were expected to make quick work of another out of conference opponent and the team delivered, dominating both sides of the basketball for the entire 40 minutes.

Initial Thoughts:

-One week after Jordan Theodore impressed Pirates fans coming off the bench, senior guard Eugene Harvey capitalized on receiving the starting PG nod from Bobby Gonzalez.  Harvey made the most out of Gonzo's decision, playing excellent basketball on both sides of the ball, finishing with 18 PTS, 8AST, 7STL on 6-of-9 FG shooting. Theodore finished with 11PTS in limited action on 4-of-11 FG shooting.

As I expected, Harvey remained the starter for the Pirates.  It makes sense that Gonzalez would continue to start Harvey especially against weaker opponents in LIU, NJIT and Hartford.  Stringing together a couple huge games--as he did tonight, albeit, against weak competition, will be beneficial for Harvey's confidence after he saw limited playing time against Cornell.

-The Pirates had 5 players in double figures: Hazell (21), Pope (19), Mitchell (20), Harvey (18), Theodore (11)

-Despite cold shooting (7-17FG, 3-10 3PT) Hazell still finished with 21 PTS, boosting his 20.3 PPG average two percentage points to 20.5 PPG.

-Herb Pope, again finished with a double-double, tallying 19 PTS/10 REB.  Pope also contributed 3BLK, 1STL, 1 3PT and 5 OFF REB.

-John Garcia was the only starter who scored singled digits with 2 PTS, however he contributed on the glass and defensively with 11REB and 3BLK.

-Robert Mitchell, quietly becoming one of the most consistent and well-rounded basketball players on the roster added 20PTS, 8REB, 4AST.

-When Matt Cajuste adds a BLK and REB in 8 minutes and Darnell Gatling tallies 2REB and an AST in 5 minutes, you know the Pirates had a good night.

-Ferrakohn Hall was held scoreless and fouled out after seeing only 5 minutes of action.

... more to come in tomorrow's Morning After post.