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February 15, 2012

Hall's 3-Balls Drain Storm



Seton Hall came into the contest with St. John's shooting 35 percent from the 3-point line and averaging about seven 3-pointers a game. However, when the Pirates (18-8, 7-7 BIG EAST) hosted the Red Storm (10-16, 4-10) at the Prudential Center (Newark, N.J.) on Tuesday, they far exceeded those statistics with season-high shooting from beyond the arc.

The New Jersey squad knocked down 10-of-12 treys in the second half, and a season-high 62.5 percent (15-of-24) from behind the arc overall. The Pirates' hot-shooting from deep thrust the squad ahead of the Johnnies and sealed the 94-64 blowout win.

The 30-point differential tied the Hall's largest margin of victory this 2011-12 season, which it first obtained in a 78-48 win over NJIT on Dec. 6. Conversely, the differential was the largest margin of defeat for the Storm this basketball year.

The Pirates wrapped up the contest shooting a season-best 62.3 percent (33-of-53) from the field, while St. John's was limited to 39.4 percent (26-of-66).

Seton Hall nailed the first nine 3-point attempts of the second stanza, which quickly elevated the Pirates above the Red Storm. As a result of the Hall's accuracy from the field, most notably from beyond the arc, the Pirates earned a 30-point advantage on the ninth trey of the latter half. The three-ball shot by freshman guard Aaron Cosby (14 points, five assists) made the score 75-45 with 9:26 left in the game.

The Johnnies had no answer for the Pirates, as the Queens, N.Y. team struggled to battle back. Seton Hall thrived in the open floor and in the halfcourt, coming up against little or no defensive pressure.

The Pirates earned its largest advantage, 85-51, at the 3:59 mark of the second half after a 3-pointer by freshman forward Brandon Mobley (14 points, nine rebounds).

Despite taking a while to warm up in the first half, Seton Hall's senior guard Jordan Theodore adjusted his game in the second half, established an effective momentum for his squad and finished the contest with a game-high 16 points and 10 assists.

Theodore posted 6-of-12 from the field, including 4-of-6 from 3-point range. Teammates freshman guard Haralds Karlis (13 points) and Cosby each recorded three treys.

In all, the Hall recorded six players in double-figures. Two of the players scoring double-digits - sophomore forward Patrik Auda (12 points) and senior forward Herb Pope (10 points) also tacked on 10 boards a piece to aid in the Pirates outrebounding the Johnnies 39-26.

In the first half, St. John's did not put up much of a fight, only seeming to be concerned with the offensive side of the ball. The Johnnies' defensive pressure was non-existent, as the Pirates easily surged ahead. Consequently, Seton Hall's players used inside penetration and outside shooting to get St. John's into early foul trouble and quickly extend the Hall lead to double-figures.

The Pirates held a 40-28 advantage at halftime.

St. John's freshman forward Moe Harkless led his team with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Teammates freshman guard D'Angelo Harrison and freshman swingman Sir'Dominic Pointer recorded 12 points a piece, while Red Storm's freshman guard Phil Greene and freshman forward Amir Garrett each chipped in 10 points.

Johnnies' junior forward God's Gift Achiuwa finished with five points.







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