GAME NOTES: The Seton Hall Pirates open up play in the month of December with a home date against the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights.
The Pirates enter this contest after splitting a pair of games in the COaches vs. Cancer Classic at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Seton Hall dropped a heart-breaker to Oklahoma, 86-85, but came back the next day with its own thrilling decision, topping Virginia Tech, 68-67. With the win over the Hokies.
Wins have been hard to come by for the Knights in the early going. FDU opened the year with a win over Caldwell, but went on to lose six straight prior to landing back in the win column this week in closing out play in the NIT Season Tip-Off with a regular-round win over host Rutgers (73-72).
Seton Hall has won 17 of the previous 20 meetings with Fairleigh Dickinson
The Knights were able to distance themselves enough in the waning moments of their game against Rutgers, as the Scarlet Knights' half-court buzzer-beater wasn't enough in a one-point win for FDU. The Knights were led by Sidney Sanders Jr. and Mustafaa Jones, who posted 22 and 21 points, respectively. Matt MacDonald, who hit a key 3-pointer late in the game, added 14 points in support.
One look at the statistics page for Fairleigh Dickinson and it is easy to see why wins have been so hard to come by. The Knights are averaging just 66.4 points per game, but are allowing just over 10 points more per outing (77.6). Also, FDU has been pushed around on the boards, getting outrebounded by 11 caroms per game. Sanders is both the team's top scorer (16.8 ppg) and distributor (5.1 apg). Jones is next in line (11.9 ppg), followed by MacDonald (9.1 ppg).
Seton Hall has the ability to expose susceptible defensive teams, as the Pirates are netting a healthy 78.3 ppg. Point guard Sterling Gibbs has the ability to score (16.3 ppg) and get others involved (4.5 apg). Fuquan Edwin (15.2 ppg) can fill up the basket as well, while Patrick Auda (12.0 ppg) rounds out the top threats, although someone else will need to step up and contribute, as Auda injured his foot against Oklahoma and is out indefinitely.
Seton Hall got 18 points from Edwin and a double-double (10 points, 10 rebounds) from Eugene Teague in the one-point win over Virginia Tech. Freshman Jaren Sina came off the bench to tally 13 points for the Pirates, while Brian Oliver finished with 11 points. Seton Hall won the game despite shooting a poor .323 from the field
The Pirates haven't exactly lit up scoreboards this season, but the team does possess a balanced attack and that should be more than enough to earn a win over Knights.
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