Seton Hall Dominates Syracuse, 90-68, At Carrier Dome

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Jeremy Hazell Scores 28 To Help Seton Hall Upset Syracuse, 90-68, At Carrier Dome

Senior guard Jeremy Hazell scored a game-best 28 points Tuesday night to propel the hot-shooting Seton Hall Pirates past the Syracuse Orange (No. 9 in the AP poll and No. 10 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll), 90-68, in a Big East Conference game at the Carrier Dome. The Pirates (9-12, 3-6) shot 10-for-11 in the game's first eight minutes and took a 26-16 lead with 12:14 to go in the first half. SHU, which entered the contest 13th out of 16 teams in the Big East standings, never looked back after that.

The Orange (18-3, 5-3), who dropped their third straight game, trailed by as much as 26 points in the second half. Hazell, who shot 10-for-17 from the field and 5-for-10 from 3-point land, scored 17 points in the first half to help SHU take a 43-30 halftime advantage. The Pirates started the second half with a 7-0 run that led to a 50-30 lead. SU's starting point guard Scoop Jardine netted five of his 11 points to trim the margin to 50-35 with 13:30 to go but the Orange never got closer.

SHU finished the game shooting 33-of-61 (54.1 percent) from the field and 10-for-17 from 3-point range (58.8). Junior guard Jordan Theodore, who shot 7-of-10 on field goals and 5-for-10 from 3-point land, netted 19 points, dished out seven assists and collected six rebounds. Junior forward Herb Pope had 10 points and eight rebounds.

Junior forward Kris Joseph scored a team-best 17 points for Syracuse. Senior forward Rick Jackson tallied 12 points and 11 rebounds for his 14th double-double of the season. SU finished 26-of-72 from the floor (36.1 percent) and 5-for-21 (23.8 percent) from 3-point land.

The Syracuse basketball schedule has the Orange playing at the Marquette Golden Eagles on Saturday (3 p.m.).The Seton Hall basketball schedule features the Pirates hosting the Providence Friars on Sunday (2 p.m.).


Syracuse-Seton Hall Halftime Score: Pirates 43, Orange 30

Senior guard Jeremy Hazell scored 17 first-half points to help the hot shooting Seton Hall Pirates take a 43-30 halftime lead over the Syracuse Orange (No. 9 in the AP poll and No. 10 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches) at the Carrier Dome.

The Pirates shot 10-of-11 in the games first eight minutes to jump out to a 26-15 advantage. SU responded with a quick spurt that cut the margin to 26-21 with 6:37 to go in the half. However, Hazell, who shot 4-for-6 from 3-point land, led a 11-2 run by nailing two 3-pointers which help give the Pirates a 37-23 lead with 3:49 remaining in the half. SHU kept SU from responding before the half to lead by 13 points.

Currently, the Pirates have shot 7-for-11 (63.5 percent) from behind the 3-point arc. They’re 16-of-30 (53.3) from the field. Junior guard Jordan Theodore has 10 points, including two 3-pointers.

Senior forward Rick Jackson tallied 10 points, five rebounds, two assists, two blocks in the first half for SU. Senior guard Scoop Jardine has six points and two assists. Junior forward Kris Joseph hasn’t done much. Currently, No. 32 is 0-for-4 from the field with just one point. SU shot 11-of-31 (35.5) from the field in the first half.


Syracuse Vs. Seton Hall: Scoop Jardine And The Orange Try To Get Back On Track Against Pirates

The Syracuse Orange (ranked No. 9 in the AP Poll and No. 10 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll) will try to end a two-game losing streak Tuesday night as the Seton Hall Pirates visit the Carrier Dome (7 p.m. on SNY). Earlier in the season, Syracuse (18-2, 5-2) beat Seton Hall (8-12, 2-6), 61-56, Jan. 8, in Newark, NJ. Last week, the Orange lost to No. 2 Pittsburgh Panthers, 74-66, and No. 8/7 Villanova, 83-72. The two losses dropped SU from No. 3 to No. 9/10 in the latest college basketball polls, released Monday.The Pirates have lost three straight games -- their last coming against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights Saturday -- and six of their last seven.

SU will be looking for better play from senior starting point guard Scoop Jardine, who went 1-for-8 from the field, netted just two points, dished out three assists and committed two turnovers against 'Nova. Because of his bad play, Jardine logged just 22 minutes, his lowest total during Big East play. At this point in the season, the trend continues to be that if Jardine is playing well, SU is playing very well. When No. 11 is struggling, SU is struggling.

Another problem that needs to be fixed is contribution from players not named junior forward Kris Joseph, senior forward Rick Jackson and sophomore guard Brandon Triche. Joseph netted a game-best 23 points against 'Nova -- basically single-handily sparking a comeback that made the game close but eventually fell short . Also against the Wildcats, Jackson' tallied 15 points and 16 rebounds to earn his 13th double-double (tied for fourth in the nation); while Triche scored in double digits (14 points) for the fifth straight game. However, the SU bench went 5-for-20 from the floor and starting center Fab Melo played just eight minutes and scored two points.

FG 3PT FT Rebounds Misc
G M M A Pct M A Pct M A Pct Off Def Tot Ast TO Stl Blk PF PPG
2010 - Brandon Triche 19 27.1 3.7 7.8 47.0 1.2 3.5 34.8 1.5 2.1 72.5 0.9 1.4 2.4 3.1 2.1 0.7 0.1 1.7 10.1

According to SB Nation's South Orange Juice, here are the SHU story lines to look for:

"- Who will be that last starter? A sequel to the 'Edwin/Lawrence saga' - who will start? Neither played well against Rutgers, so this question remains unanswered. To complicate things, Jamel Jackson is now in the mix for minutes after his whole quitting the team stunt. Sources indicate that Jackson had a phenomenal practice since deciding to stay with the team, lets see if that translates into lighting up Syracuse's zone."

"- Effort. According to Jordan Theodore, this team simply isn't bringing it. If the team doesn't "bring it" tonight, the result might resemble 2005 or 2008".

"- Rebounding. Some how, some way, Seton Hall out rebounded Syracuse 43-30 in the first leg of this match-up. Accompany that with awful free throw shooting by Syracuse, and thats how the game was as close as it was. I don't expect Syracuse to get dominated on the boards again. Prove me wrong, Seton Hall."

A fun match up to watch will be SU's Jackson a

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