Monday, February 15, 2010

Guest Contributor Ray Floriani: DePaul at Seton Hall

by Ray Floriani

NEWARK, NJ - Two straight on the homestand and five in a row at home. Seton Hall defeated DePaul 79-71 Sunday at the Prudential Center. It was the Pirates fifth consecutive win at home in Big East play.

The factors and numbers from a 70 possession (DePaul 71 Seton Hall 68) game:


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Perspective. Seton Hall led 50-35 at the half and Bobby Gonzalez was hoping his team would come out and extend the margin to the twenty point range. DePaul did not let it happen and actually reduced it to a two possession game in the waning moments. While Gonzalez did not get the one sided win he thought might transpire, the Hall mentor did get a win and will gladly take it. Especially when you look at what happened on this Valentine’s Day : Rutgers over Georgetown, Louisville upsetting Syracuse at the Dome and St.John’s edging Notre Dame in South Bend.

The better half. DePaul interim coach Tracy Webster credits improved defense and better scoring the final twenty minutes as factors allowing the Blue Demons back in the game. You can also discuss turnovers or cutting down on them. DePaul committed 8 the first half for a 22% rate. After intermission they had only five and wound up with an 18%, more acceptable, mark. The turnovers also allowed the Pirates to speed up the visitors who favor a low to mid sixty possession tempo. The DePaul tempo breakdowns:


Three possessions may not seem like much but they are significant in a game of this pace.

Added numbers of note. Jeremy Hazell led Seton Hall with 18 points. Hazell shot 6 of 16 but did stay within the offensive framework. In fact his first field goal was in transition when he got the ball on the wing behind the arc, ball faked then went in for a dunk. Jeff Robinson (7 of 10 from the floor) added 16 while Herb Pope had 8 points but contributed a game high 15 boards. Hall shot 49% for the game but did the dame inside. Pirates were 26 of 47 (55%) from two point range.

DePaul’s leading scorer Will Walker led all players with 19 points. Walker shot 7 of 24 and Gonzalez was pleased with the Hall’s defensive effort on Walker. Seldom used freshman forward Tony Freeland came off the bench to add 18 points , 8 rebounds in 35 minutes. The 6-6 Freeland entered the game averaging 8 minutes in Big East play and one assumes those eight minute appearances will be a thing of the past. Mac Koshwal, whom Gonzalez feels is an underrated big man, added 10 points 11 rebounds for the Blue Demons.

DePaul is 8-16, 1-11 in Big East and entertains Rutgers on Tuesday. Seton Hall improves to 14-9, 5-7 and visits St.John’s at Carnesecca Arena on Wednesday.

“They have a good style. They like to get up and down the floor and know where their shots are coming from.” - DePaul Interim Coach Tracy Webster on Seton Hall

“We haven’t played our best basketball as of yet. I think by Big East Tournament time we will be a team no one will want to face” - Seton Hall coach Bobby Gonzalez

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