New Jersey Tech vs Seton Hall

Seton Hall 78, NJIT 48


NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Herb Pope scored 25 points, leading Seton Hall to an easy 78-48 victory over the New Jersey Institute of Technology Tuesday night.

The victory was the fourth straight for the Pirates (7-1), who are in the middle of a span where they play six straight home games. NJIT (3-5) lost for the second straight time to a Big East foe. The Highlanders dropped an 84-44 decision to Georgetown on Saturday.

After a closely contested first half in which there were five lead changes, four ties and Seton Hall led by only two (34-32), the Pirates put the game away. In the opening stages of the second half, Seton Hall went on a 16-0 run over a 4:10 span. Pope had eight points during that stretch.

Aaron Cosby added 12 points and Patrick Auda and Jordan Theodore scored 11 each for the Pirates. Theodore also had a career-high 11 assists.

Isaiah Wilkerson scored 13 points to pace NJIT, which shot a dismal 4-for-24 (16 percent) in the second half.

The Pirates outscored the Highlanders, 30-2, through the first 12 minutes of the second half.

Once again, the Pirates struggled in the early going at home, as NJIT almost matched the Pirates point-for-point in the first half. The Highlanders scored six straight points during one stretch to take a 22-19 lead with 8:31 remaining in the half. Sean McCarthy, who had scored only six points in the previous seven games, scored six points during a four-minute stretch of the first half.

The two teams traded leads four times over the final 6 minutes of the half, with Seton Hall gaining a 34-32 halftime lead on two free throws from Pope.

After Wilkerson tied the score at 36-36 with 19:08 remaining, the Pirates then exploded for the 16-0 run. Pope's driving basket gave the Pirates the lead for good with 18:38 left at 38-36.

Pope's slam on an alley-oop pass from Jordan Theodore capped the 16-0 run, but gave the Highlanders their only chance to score over a 12:17 span, when Pope was called for a technical foul for hanging on the rim. Ryan Woods broke the run with two free throws after the technical.

But the Pirates continued the pressure by going on another 13-0 run, with Auda and Cosby scoring four each in the run. Theodore's long jumper gave the Pirates an insurmountable 65-38 lead.

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New Jersey Tech
I. Wilkerson, F365-142-554313
R. Woods, F242-44-441410
R. Regis, C110-11-22001
C. Flores, G333-113-32229
L. Kearse, G221-61-22044
A. Ohri230-70-01020
M. Jones191-30-02002
S. McCarthy142-22-28006
K. Silcott141-11-24013
O. Nweke20-00-00000
S. Schickel20-10-00000
Totals 15-5014-203271648
Seton Hall Pirates
P. Auda, F334-52-571211
F. Edwin, F294-90-06229
H. Pope, F2910-154-864325
A. Cosby, G254-71-230112
J. Theodore, G254-82-2411011
H. Karlis211-60-04103
F. Wilson151-20-02213
A. Geramipoor121-30-04152
S. Grennan70-00-00000
P. Dill21-20-02002
J. Snow20-00-00020
Totals 30-579-1740221678

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TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Seton Hall12-625-919
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