Seton Hall Basketball: Game 2 Recap – Pirates dominate VCU

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Well, first let me tell you that my Verizon went out and I missed the first 10 minutes of the game. This recap will start from the 9 minute mark of the 1st half.

When I turned the TV on, the score was 15-15 and I expected a tight game. Boy was I wrong. SHU played consistent in the 1st half, with great defense and timely offense from Herb Pope and Patrik Auda. However, they were up by I think 6 with about 5 minutes left in the 1st half when Patrik Auda caught a pass about 30 feet away and made a rip threw move, while hitting a VCU defender in the face with his elbow. He was called for a Flagrant 2 and was ejected. Under Bobby Gonzalez, SHU would have unraveled. However, they just kept sticking with the strategy, which was feed Pope, defend, and try and get transition points. They built a lead of 29 to 22 at half time. VCU came out guns blazing in the 2nd half but SHU answered every time VCU tried to make a run. They held a double digit lead almost the entire 2nd half and cruised there way to a 69 to 54 victory. After the jump, see some thoughts on the game and some final stats.


Game 2 Preview: Seton Hall Pirates vs. Virginia Commonwealth University Rams

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Both VCU and SHU beat St. Francis to open their seasons. Seton Hall survived vs. St. Francis NY to win in overtime 75-71. VCU survived a scare from St. Francis PA and ended up winning 63-57. After the jump, see the key contributors for VCU and SHU and see my prediction for the game.


Monday Recruiting Roundup

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Here are some recruiting tidbits from the past week

  • ’15 PG Isaiah Briscoe was in attendance for SHU’s opening game win over St. Francis. Briscoe is considered to be the top PG in the class of ’15 and probably one of the top 10 players in the Nation. He would be as big of get as Kyle Anderson would have been.
  • ’12PG Jaylen Beckham won’t decide until the Spring signing period. Oklahoma State and Seton Hall have shown interest but have not offered. He does not seem to be at the Big East level but we will see how he plays this winter.
  • ’12PG Madison Jones will not decide until the Spring. He said East Carolina and SHU were recruiting him the hardest, though SHU has not offered. Don’t expect him to end up at SHU
  • JUCO PF Raymon Austin did not sign in the Fall signing period but told South Orange Juice that he will sign with SHU in the spring. However, I do not buy this. I would consider this an open scholarship.
  • ’12PG Josh Gray did not end up at Seton Hall, which was not surprising after he canceled his visit to South Orange. He instead signed with Mississippi State.
  • ’13PG Jaren Sina took his second visit to SHU within the past month last weekend. He would be a huge get and a potential program changer. He claims offers from Alabama, Seton Hall, RU, Cincy, Miami, PSU and SJU and interest from almost a dozen others. He also stated that location would not play a huge role in his decision.
  • ’12G/F Kyle Anderson said recently that he was “sold on SHU” until he decided that he did not want to stay in Jersey.
  • ’12C Jaleel Cousins (DeMarcus Cousins younger brother) was offered by Seton Hall last week. He is considered raw and needs a strong season to prove he is a Big East player but he is certainly big.

Game Recap 1: Its better to win ugly than lose

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In an uninspiring performance by the Seton Hall Pirates that required a miraculous late game shot by senior Point Guard, Jordan Theodore, the Seton Hall Pirates (1-0) managed to survive a scare and win in OT vs. the St. Francis Terriers of New York by a final score of 75 to 71. After the jump, read the entire recap of this mostly miserable game to watch.


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