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PROVIDENCE (12-6, 4-2) at
SETON HALL (9-8, 0-5)
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Prudential Center - Newark, N.J.
7:00 p.m. ET
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Seton Hall has finally ended a five-game stretch to begin the BIG EAST season that featured games against four AP Top-20 teams, three of which were on the road. Most recently, the Pirates are coming off a 76-61 loss to #4
The Friars have gotten off to a strong start at the beginning of the BIG EAST schedule with four wins in six games. After losing two straight,
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THIS WEEK IN THE FINAL FOUR SEASON OF 1988-89
(January 20, 1989 - January 26, 1989)
On Jan. 22, Seton Hall teed off on Division II New Hampshire, defeating them 108-67 at Walsh Gym. The Pirates received 20 points from Andrew Gaze and John Morton. Gaze hit his first five three-point shots. On Jan. 25, the #9-ranked Pirates suffered their second loss of the season at the hands of
This season Seton Hall is celebrating its 20th Anniversary of the 1988-89 team’s magical run to the Final Four.
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#4 CONNECTICUT DEFEATS HALL, 76-61
UConn’s A.J. Price scored a game-high 23 points including three back-breaking three-pointers and Seton Hall couldn’t overcome a poor shooting first half as the Huskies won, 76-61, in
TALE OF TWO HALVES
A great second half couldn’t overcome a poor first half as Seton Hall fell to UConn, 76-61, on Sunday. The Pirates found themselves down, 42-26, at halftime after shooting only 11-for-35 (31.4%) in the first half. Seton Hall came back with a strong second half, shooting 14-for-27 (51.9%) and even outscored the nation’s fourth-ranked team in the second half, 35-to-34, but alas could not overcome the first half deficit.
Junior transfer Robert Mitchell missed a double-double by one rebound for the third time this year. He had 19 points and nine rebounds at UConn. Mitchell has three double-doubles this season.
HOME SWEET HOME
Seton Hall will return home on Thursday, Jan. 22 for the first of four consecutive home games. The Pirates will host
PROTECTING THE BALL
Seton Hall has done an excellent job of protecting the ball this season. To date, the Pirates rank fourth in the BIG EAST in turnover margin. They’ve allowed a season-low nine turnovers in two of their last three games and are averaging only 12.8 per game while forcing 15.4 turnovers per game.
Seton Hall has finally ended a very difficult stretch at the beginning of their BIG EAST schedule. Three of their first five games were on the road and all five are currently ranked or receiving votes in the Associated Press Top-25. The Pirates faced #8 Syracuse in the Dome, West Virginia (RV), #23 Villanova, #12 Notre Dame at the Joyce Center and #4 Connecticut at the XL Center in Hartford.
HAZELL APPROACHING RARITY
Sophomore Jeremy Hazell needs to average only 15.1 points per game through the remaining 14 games of the year to eclipse the 1,000-point mark. Should he do so, he’ll be only the fifth player in Seton Hall history to record 1,000 career points in only two seasons. Terry Dehere, Nick Werkman, Ken House and
With his first basket of the second half against Cal-Baptist, junior Eugene Harvey became the 36th player in Seton Hall men’s basketball history to record 1,000 career points. The 6-foot guard finished the game with 25 points. Last season, Brian Laing and Jamar Nutter both eclipsed the milestone. Most impressively,
In Seton Hall’s comfortable victory over Fairleigh Dickinson, sophomore Jeremy Hazell scored a career-high 35 points on 15-for-26 shooting from the floor. Hazell was 5-for-11 from three-point range and also grabbed six rebounds. It is the third time this season he has topped the 30-point mark. Hazell’s 35 points are the most scored by a Pirates since Terry Dehere scored 41 vs.
Junior transfer Robert Mitchell had 15 points and nine rebounds at
INSIDE THE STATS
Sophomore Jeremy Hazell scored a team-high 20 points at
GAUSE CLIMBING THEFT CHART
Senior Paul Gause is currently in third place all-time on the career steals list with 218. He trails the leader, Dan Callandrillo, by 42. Due to two injuries that caused him to miss 16 games last season, Gause was only able to collect 45 steals in 2007-08. But the prior year, 2006-07, he recorded a conference-leading 90 thefts which set a single-season record. If Gause duplicates that effort this year, he’ll set the all-time career record. Gause is also a member of the 500-Point Club. He currently has 681 career points which ranks him third on the active list (Harvey 1,131, Hazell 788).
On Nov. 24, Seton Hall earned two points in the Associated Press Top-25 Poll. The Pirates caught the eyes of national writers with their victory over #19 USC on Nov. 20 and a win over ACC contender Virginia Tech on Nov. 23. The BIG EAST was well-represented in the poll as the conference occupied #2 (Connecticut), #3 (Louisville), #4 (Pittsburgh), #8 Notre Dame, #15 Marquette, #20 Villanova and #21 Georgetown.
NEWEST MEMBER OF 500-POINT CLUB
Seton Hall’s newest member of the 500-Point Club is sophomore Jeremy Hazell. The 6-foot-5 guard reached the milestone vs.
SETON HALL PLACES THIRD IN
With the Pirates’ victory over Virginia Tech, Seton Hall placed third amongst the eight teams in the O’Reilly Auto Parts Puerto Rico Tip-off. Facing steep competition, the Pirates went 2-1 with victories over #19 USC and Virginia Tech. Their only setback was to #12
HONORS FOR HAZELL: BIG EAST PLAYER OF THE WEEK/ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Sophomore Jeremy Hazell was named BIG EAST Player of the Week on 11/24, which is the first of the conference awards for the 2008-09 season and takes into consideration all of the teams’ games up to this point. Hazell was also named to the O’Reilly Auto Parts Puerto Rico Tip-off All-Tournament Team. Hazell averaged 23.3 points per game and hit the game-winning three-pointer in Seton Hall’s dramatic victory over #19 USC. In the Pirates’ only loss, Hazell fired a career-high 32 points. He completed his stellar tournament by leading Seton Hall with 23 points vs. Virginia Tech.
PIRATES OF THE
Seton Hall was one of eight teams participating in the 2008 O’Reilly Auto Parts Puerto Rico Tip-Off in
This is the second time the Seton Hall basketball program has played in
PIRATES DROP OVERTIME HEARTBREAKER
Seton Hall rallied late to take the game into overtime, but Villanova pulled away in the extra session to send the Pirates to an 89-85 loss. Sophomore Jeremy Hazell had another strong game with 26 points, but Villanova’s Scottie Reynolds scored a game-high 40 points to help the Wildcats to victory. The Pirates committed a season-low nine turnovers and were an impressive 13-for-14 from the FT line.
HAZELL HONORED AGAIN
For the second time this season, sophomore Jeremy Hazell was honored by the BIG EAST. The conference named him to their Weekly Honor Roll for his performances last week. In Seton Hall’s victory over California Baptist, Hazell tied Eugene Harvey with a team-high 25 points.
PRIME FROM THE LINE
As they have since the beginning of the Bobby Gonzalez era, the 2008-09 Pirates have shot remarkably well from the free throw line. Currently, they rank second in the conference with a .743 free throw percentage. Eugene Harvey and Robert Mitchell both rank within the BIG EAST’s Top-10 in individual free throw percentage.
DOUBLE YOUR PLEASURE
In three of Seton Hall’s nine victories, the Pirates trailed by at least 11 points at some point throughout the match-up. They also trailed at the half in three victories. Showing remarkable resilience, Seton Hall trailed #19 USC by 15 at the half, but ended up winning by two. The Hall trailed Virginia Tech by 14, before eventually beating the Hokies by four. Most recently, the Pirates trailed
Seton Hall’s victory over in Monmouth last season’s opener marked the first time they opened the season with an overtime game since they defeated Catholic, 69-67, to start the 1963-64 campaign. The Pirates’ victory over RMU marked the first time in the history of the program that they’ve started the season with two straight overtime games. In all, Seton Hall set a record with five overtime games last year. Through 17 games this season, the Pirates have played in only one overtime game.
STIX FINALLY GETS HIS CHANCE
After sitting out a year due to NCAA transfer regulations, Robert Mitchell has finally suited up for the Pirates. In Seton Hall’s season-opener, Mitchell scored 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds. In 2006-07 at Duquesne, Mitchell led the team in scoring with a 16.4 points per game average, which ranked ninth in the nation among Division I freshmen. He made 18 starts and pulled down 5.4 rebounds per game. Mitchell was named Atlantic-10 Rookie of the Week five times en route to being ultimately named Rookie of the Year by the conference.
LAING, NUTTER SIGN OVERSEAS
Former Seton Hall men’s basketball players Brian Laing and Jamar Nutter have signed professional contracts to play basketball in
During the summer, head coach Bobby Gonzalez added two to his staff. Dennis Kazimir was hired as Director of Basketball Operations, while Rodrick Rhodes was named Administrative Assistant. A former assistant coach at
904 POINTS IN TWO SEASONS
GARY & DAVE RETURN
The broadcast team of Gary Cohen and Dave Popkin will be back for their sixth season covering Seton Hall on the Pirates’ radio flagship station, 77WABC. For the second straight year, all Seton Hall broadcasts will be heard on 77WABC. The 2008-09 season marks the 20th season for radio engineer Mike Infantino.
LIVE AUDIO STREAM
Go to www.shupirates.com to listen to all of Seton Hall’s home and away games as a part of the
All 18 of the Pirates’ BIG EAST match-ups will be televised either nationally or regionally this season. Additionally, all three Seton Hall games at the 2008 O’Reilly Auto Parts Puerto Rico Tip-Off will be televised nationally on ESPNU or ESPN2. Collectively, the Pirates will get the nation’s attention 10 times with at least three broadcasts on either ESPN or ESPN2 (vs. Rutgers on Jan. 29, vs. St. John’s on Feb. 5 and the BIG EAST Championship), six on ESPNU (three in Puerto Rico, vs. Providence on Jan. 22, at Rutgers on Feb. 8 and at DePaul on Feb. 10) and one on ESPN360 (at Cincinnati on March 7). The remaining 12 conference games will be BIG EAST Network local telecasts with 11 being broadcasted on SNY and one be shown on MSG. The Pirates’ game vs.
Seton Hall’s 100-76 victory over Fairleigh Dickinson marked the 60th time in school history and the second time this season, the Pirates have scored at least 100 points in a game. Earlier this year, Seton Hall beat Monmouth, 101-78. It’s also the fourth time in the Bobby Gonzalez era. Last season, Seton Hall defeated Robert Morris, 111-107, and James Madison, 112-110.
BIG EAST CHAMPIONSHIP EXPANDS TO ALL 16
In 2009, the BIG EAST will invite all 16 teams to its men’s and women’s championship tournaments. The men’s tournament begins Tuesday, March 10 and continues through the championship game, which will be played Saturday, March 14. All games will be played at
BIG EAST PREDICTIONS
Seton Hall was predicted to finish 13th in the 16-team BIG EAST Conference for the second consecutive season.
MARINATTO TO BE NEXT BIG EAST COMMISH
John Marinatto, who has served as senior associate commissioner of The BIG EAST Conference since 2002, has been named Commissioner of the conference. The appointment was made by a unanimous vote of the league’s Chancellors and Presidents. Marinatto will succeed Mike Tranghese, who is stepping down as Commissioner in June 2009. Marinatto will assume Commissioner’s duties on
BIG EAST GOES 2-2 IN SEC/BIG EAST INVITATIONAL
SNY - HOME OF THE BIG EAST
SNY, the television home of the New York Mets, Jets and BIG EAST Conference, in conjunction with ESPN Regional Television announced the network’s comprehensive, multi-platform coverage of the 2008-09 BIG EAST basketball season. Featuring more than 500 hours of BIG EAST basketball, SNY’s all-access conference pass will showcase more than 110 BIG EAST basketball games, including the BIG EAST “Game of the Week”. With seven of the BIG EAST schools ranked in the 2008 USA Today/ESPN top 25 preseason coaches’ poll, fans can tune to SNY for exclusive, in-depth game coverage as the network will produce inclusive pre-game, halftime and post-game shows surrounding all intra-conference primetime basketball match-ups. In addition to featuring every basketball team from the BIG EAST Conference, key match-ups that will air on SNY throughout the season include
BIG EAST WELL-REPRESENTED IN PRESEASON POLL
The preseason excitement that has swirled around The BIG EAST Conference received a stamp of validation when the USA Today/ESPN Top 25 preseason coaches’ poll was released Oct. 30. It shows a record seven BIG EAST teams, including four among the top nine.
For the third straight year, Seton Hall is towards the top of the BIG EAST Conference in steals per game average. Through 17 games, the Pirates are averaging 9.1 steals per game which is best in the conference. Seton Hall finished the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons as the BIG EAST steals leader as well.
OFF TO A HOT START
With eight wins in their first nine games, Seton Hall is off to their best start of the Bobby Gonzalez era and best overall start since they were 14-1 to begin the 1992-93 season. That year, Seton Hall won the BIG EAST Tournament. This season also marks the third consecutive campaign that Seton Hall has begun the year with six wins in their first seven games. Under Gonzalez, the Pirates are 14-2 in November.
PIRATES SHOCK #19 USC, 63-61
Seton Hall rallied from a 15-point deficit to defeat #19 USC, 63-61, in their quarterfinal game of the O’Reilly Auto Parts Puerto Rico Tip-off. Seton Hall trailed 43-28 at the half, but outscored the Trojans 35-to-18 in the second frame. USC shot 62.% from the floor in the first half compared to a paltry 24.1% in the second. Three Pirates scored in double-figures and were led by Eugene Harvey who scored 18 points to go with five rebounds, five assists and three steals.
RIPPING THE RANKED
The Pirates’ victory over #19 USC is Seton Hall’s second victory over a ranked team in the Bobby Gonzalez era. Last year, the Pirates defeated #23
PIRATES SET FOR YEAR TWO IN PRUDENTIAL CENTER
Last season the Pirates opened their new home,
Freshman guard Jordan Theodore is a key member of Bobby Gonzalez’s 2008-09 recruiting class. Theodore averaged 16.9 points, 6.7 assists and 4.6 steals per game as a junior at Paterson Catholic. He helped lead them to an 18-8 record and scored a career-high 31 points vs. DePaul in the county final. Additionally, he was the point guard for the #1 rated summer AAU basketball team, the New York Gauchos. Recently, Theodore was named a Preseason All-Freshman Team Honorable Mention by CollegeHoops.net.
LAWRENCE, POPE TRANSFER IN
Over the summer, head coach Bobby Gonzalez acquired two impact transfers, Keon Lawrence and Herb Pope.
ALL-TIME 1,000-POINT MILESTONES
With Laing and Nutter reaching the 1,000-point plateau last season, it marked the eighth time that two players reached the milestone in the same season. Most recently, Donnell Williams and Levell Sanders reached it during the 1997-98 season. In 1988-89, three players reached the mark, John Morton, Ramon Ramos and Darryl Walker. This season, junior Eugene Harvey (1,131) and sophomore Jeremy Hazell (788) have a chance at joining this exclusive club.
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