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The Morning After: Pope, Sending a Message, Quick Hook for Harvey

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The Seton Hall Pirates (5-0) defeated the NJIT Highlanders (2-4) 93-53, last night at the Prudential Center.  Please check out my initial thoughts of the Pirates' play here.

The SHU Athletics recap of the game:
Sophomore Herb Pope (Aliquippa, Pa) posted his fourth straight double-double with 22 points on 10-of-14 shooting, 11 rebounds, and added five blocks to lead the Seton Hall men's basketball team to a 93-53 victory over NJIT on Monday night. The Pirates, who improved to 5-0 on the season, used a 23-4 run that spanned into the second half to put the game out of reach.
Brendan Prunty points out that Bobby Gonzalez needed to send a message to his team at halftime, despite being up 16 points:
"Being up 16 at halftime — no disrespect to NJIT — but we were not winning the game the way we’re supposed to win the game," Gonzalez said afterward. "The way we came out in the second half was the way we’re supposed to play. We have to challenge ourselves to play to a certain level of basketball, regardless of who you play."
"I said at halftime, we can spend the next two days having brutal practices or we can focus on getting ready for Hartford," Gonzalez said. "And they came out and decided in the second half that we were going to play the way we’re supposed to play."
 I'm in favor of Gozno's halftime message, as we've seen complacency set in with this team before.  There was the season opener, where they narrowly escaped with the victory after nearly losing at home to St. Peter's College.  Last year, the team seemed to be cruising at 8-1 after notching key out of conference wins against VT and USC.  However, the switch was then turned off as they dropped back-to-back games against IUPUI and James Madison before BE play was set to begin.  It's critical that the Pirates win every one of their last five, OOC contests, all being played at the Prudential Center.  Once BE play begins, the Pirates will play their first 6 of 7 games against ranked BE teams, with a trip to Cancun to play VT, in between. 

John Rowe, of NorthJersey.com, looks at the quick hook that Gonzo had with Eugene Harvey, for the second time in three games:
"He [Harvey] started the game with three turnovers and we had a little exchange," Gonzalez said of Harvey. "That’s part of Eugene’s makeup. Sometimes he just gets down on himself. Now I can push a button and put somebody else in. He’s got to handle that.
 Jeff Goodman's Weekly Wrap looks at the play of teams in the Big East conference thus far:
Georgetown remains a mystery, but the Hoyas, Seton Hall and St. John's have yet to suffer a blemish on their record.

Seton Hall will next play on Thursday, December 3rd at 7PM, taking on the Hartford Hawks at the Prudential Center.