Dec. 22, 2009
NEWARK, N.J. -- Seton Hall broke open a tight game at halftime by outscoring Navy, 64-33, in the second half to hand the Midshipmen a 94-56 setback on Tuesday night at the Prudential Center. The loss was Navy's fourth in a row and drops the Midshipmen's record to 4-8 overall.
Seton Hall, which lost for the first time on Saturday night against nationally-ranked Temple, improves to 9-1 overall.
"I thought I was a good boy this year, but Santa gave us some coal for the stocking tonight," said Navy head coach Billy Lange. "I thought we came to play tonight, but we got a bit deflated when we couldn't make shots. We got great looks, we have to convert them. They kind of got going in the second half and it really just snowballed on us."
Navy trailed just 30-23 at halftime, despite making just 23.5 percent (8-of-34) of its shots in the first half and just 9.1 percent (1-of-11) from long range. Navy stayed in the game with just four turnovers and holding Seton Hall to 35.7 percent shooting and forcing eight turnovers in the opening 20 minutes.
However, after trading baskets to start the second half, Seton Hall went on a 33-7 run over the next eight minutes to take a 65-32 lead with just over nine minutes left. In the half's first six-and-a-half minutes, Seton Hall had six three-pointers to blow the game open. Included in the 33-7 spurt was a 16-0 run over three-plus minutes.
The Pirates outscored Navy, 18-7, in fast-break points.
"Seton Hall has a great ability to go from zero to 90 in a blink of an eye. They also have a deep bench that can just come at you in waves," said Lange. "The bottom line is we have to make shots to win a game like this, and we didn't."
Seton Hall's 64 points in the second half were the fourth most allowed in a half in school history and the 38-point margin of defeat was the fifth largest ever. The Pirates shot 54.8 percent (23-of-42) from the field in the second half, 66.7 percent (12-of-18) from three-point range and had just two turnovers in the final 20 minutes.
Seton Hall outscored Navy, 19-0, in points off turnovers in the second half.
"We are beyond the point of wanting to play well against big-name opponents. We want to win these games," said Lange. "The game is 40 minutes, so we can't take much for playing well in one half against them. We did some positives, but we have to be able to string it together in both halves."
Navy shot 31.0 percent (18-of-58) from the field, 22.7 percent (5-of-22) from three-point range and 62.5 percent (15-of-24) from the free throw line. Seton Hall was 33-of-70 (.471) from the field, 13-of-26 (.500) from three-point range and 15-of-23 (.652) from the free throw line. The Pirates had 10 turnovers to Navy's 13, and outrebounded the Mids, 52-31.
Chris Harris led Navy with 12 points, the lone Navy player in double-figures. Jordan Sugars added nine points and 10 rebounds, while Greg Brown had eight points. Jordan Theodore led Seton Hall with 18 points and Jeremy Hazell had 17 points.
Navy will return home for the first time in 26 days on Dec. 30, with a 7:00 pm tip against Coppin State at Alumni Hall. For ticket information, call 1-800-US4-NAVY.
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