by Josh Adams
As we all sit down to Thanksgiving dinner today, there’s no denying that most Seton Hall fans will be eating their feelings about last night’s loss to Oregon.
There’s not a lot of positives to say about the second half collapse where the Pirates led by as many as 19 points and were cruising to the second round of the winners bracket at the Battle for Atlantis. Myles Powell was once again on cheat code mode from the three point line as he sank four three pointers after halftime. The Ducks looked cooked but they chipped away at the lead and stole a win on a Shakur Juiston layup with thirteen seconds left to give Oregon the game.
The Pirates now face Southern Mississippi on Thanksgiving night.
Let’s dive Inside the Numbers on tonight’s heartbreaking loss:
39- The amount of rebounds Oregon had against 28 for the Pirates. Kevin Willard commented on the disparity on AM 970 saying:
“We gave them momentum when we had momentum. Unless we fix the rebounding, offensive rebounding– as hard as we’re playing in the half court and getting guys to take tough shots, we’re just giving up way too many.”
Juiston ate up rebounds against Seton Hall like me at the pie table at work today with nine. No Pirates player had more than four. Willard’s point is well-taken. The Pirates were about even with Wagner and Stony Brook in rebounds in those wins. They lost the battle of the boards against MSU and Oregon. With the Pirates height and depth, this should be a strength. Man, did we had it good when we had Angel Delgado or what?
1:50- The amount of time that Oregon had the lead in the entire game. That’s it. Seton Hall had a 19 point lead in the second half. The win probability was off the charts after they started the second half on a 15-0 run.
5- The number of three pointers the Ducks made on Wednesday night (5-15). Compare that to the fourteen Seton Hall three pointers made (14-27). How did the Pirates lose? Well….
16- The amount of free throws the Ducks made against the 7 the Pirates converted. Foul disparity was an issue but you’ll draw more fouls when you’re pounding the ball into the paint as opposed to hoisting up three pointers.
11- Tonight was the eleventh time Myles Powell has gone for more than 30 points in a game in his collegiate career. The All-American is now in the top ten in all-time Seton Hall scoring with 1,808 points and surpassed Walter Dukes with tonight’s effort. Dukes played for the Pirates from 1950-53.
Happy Thanksgiving to all of our readers and college basketball fans.