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Seton Hall Basketball: Halftime Notes - Pirates 51, Pioneers 28

Halftime Notes:

-First things first, Brendan Prunty reported that Keon Lawrence was a scratch.  A coach's decision, "nothing more, nothing less." If healthy, with only one exhibition on the schedule why would Keon Lawrence be held out with a coach's decision? This isn't a regular occurrence.  You'd have to wonder whether Willard wasn't happy with Keon's play/practice habits leading up to the exhibition or if something happened off the court, leading to the benching.  You hate to speculate, but it just doesn't add up.

-Jordan Theodore came off the bench with Eniel Polynice getting the nod at PG.  Another move I don't completely understand.  Actually, I don't understand it at all.  JT will be starting against Temple next Friday, why play with the lineup at all in this exhibition? The only thing I can think of is Willard may have wanted to give "the senior" (Polynice), the start at Walsh Gymnasium.  It's the only logical idea I can come up with.

-It was a slow start for the Pirates in the first ten minutes, which is not particularly unusual in the first "official" game-action of the season.  The Pioneers hung around with the game tied at 8 a piece 7 minutes into the game, before the Pirates promptly pulled away. 

-Despite putting up 51 and leading by 23 at the half, the Pirates offense hasn't exactly been pretty by any means.  Seton Hall shot around 40% for the first 15 minutes of the half, before pouring it on with lay-ins and put-backs as the half expired to boost that to 47%.  They only shot 3-of-12 from long-distance. 

-Jeff Robinson took the first 3 field goal attempts for the Pirates as Hazell made it a point to defer early on.  A glaring problem for the Pirates last season was JRob's love for the 3PT attempt.  Bobby let him get away with it and JRob burned the team from deep with ugly attempts, I believe he was 3-of-18 for the season.  I will need to fact check this later, but you get the drift.  Robinson took another 3 3PT attempts, making one.  He also took a long 2PT attempt with just a foot inside the line tonight. Look, Robinson has all the talent in the world when he plays around the basket and brings his jumper out to 15 feet.  He could easily be the 2nd option on any given night if he keeps his game close to the rim, where he's a strong asset.  That said, JRob shooting 3PT attempts was a problem last year under Gonzalez and it doesn't appear that Willard has fixed that yet. Why he remains so intent on becoming a 3PT shooter for this team, I have no idea. 

-Fuquan Edwin was the most impressive player on the floor in the first half.  He finished with 9PTS/4REB/AST/2STL.

-Pope finished with his usual double-double.   He did so in just the first half on 11PTS/10REB on 5-of-11 shooting.

Post-Game Notes to follow the conclusion of the game.