Monday, November 17, 2008

Guest Post: Ray Floriani on Seton Hall - Columbia Game

Guest poster Ray Floriani got out to the Rock yesterday to take in the Seton Hall - Columbia game. Ray shot me this recap and analysis last night.

NEWARK, NJ - The coaching axiom tells us the first four minutes of each half are crucial. For Seton Hall the initial moments of the second half basically settled the issue in a 71-50 victory over Columbia. The win at the Prudential Center put the Pirates at 2-0 on the young season.

Columbia made a late first half run to trim a 15 point deficit to 7. The Hall then opened the second half scoring on their first three possessions. Overall the Pirates scored nine points in their six possessions during the initial four minutes of the final half. Columbia didn?t score a point over their initial half dozen possessions. That?s an efficiency rate of 150-0 in Seton Hall?s favor. And after those four minutes the Hall lead was at 16 and the momentum largely in their favor. The game totals...

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Seton Hall coach Bobby Gonzalez lauded his team?s defense. The defense also sparkled in Friday?s easy win over 88-61 St.Francis of NY. A tempo free check shows St.Francis had an offensive efficiency of 83 so Gonzalez was right about the defense. In fact Gonzalez expects the Hall to be much improved on defense compared to a year ago.

Hall attempted 36 % of their shots beyond the arc. Expect that to happen frequently given the starting five of Robert Mitchell, John Garcia, Eugene Harvey, Paul Gause and Jeremy Hazell which is basically four guards and a post. Gonzalez mixed up the pressing nicely. He opened with a press then took it off after a few minutes. Later he used it in spots.

Hazell led all scorers with 21 points. He has the uncommon knack of drawing fouls beyond the arc. Three times it happened on Sunday . As a result Hazell shot the most on the team from the charity stripe and was 7-9. Garcia had a solid 11 point 14 board effort. Harvey , 12 points, 10 bards and 8 assists narrowly missed being the second player in Hall history to record a triple double. The only one? The late Eddie Griffin.

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