SOUTH ORANGE – Five players scored in double-figures as the Seton Hall men’s basketball team rolled to an 89-62 win over Carleton in an exhibition game at Walsh Gymnasium on Friday night. The Pirates shot 59.6 percent from the field and connected on 6-of-14 shots beyond the arc (42.9 percent) in their only public tune-up before the regular season begins on November 13 against St. Peter’s at Prudential Center.
Sophomore Jordan Theodore (Englewood, N.J.) scored 17 points and recorded eight steals, all in the first half, to lead the team. Sophomore Herb Pope (Aliquippa, Pa.) netted 15 points on 6-of-7 shooting and blocked three shots. Junior Keon Lawrence (Newark, N.J.) was a perfect 5-of-5 from the floor and finished with 13 points.
Seton Hall connected on its first eight shot attempts from the field and quickly jumped out to an 18-7 advantage. The Pirates first miss came on a three-point try at the 13:34 mark of the half, but SHU did not stay dry for long. Theodore sparked an 18-1 run over a five-minute span with six thefts and turned them into eight points to extend the cushion to 38-13 with 6:20 remaining in the period.
The Pirates closed the half with six unanswered points in the final minute to take a 48-20 edge into the break.
In the second half, Seton Hall featured Pope and senior John Garcia (Brentwood, N.Y.) early and often to build the lead up, 60-25, with 16:16 to go in regulation. Freshman center Melvyn Oliver (Long Beach, Calif.) put the finishing touches on the win with a terrific spin-move to the hoop and a lay-in while being fouled, bringing the crowd of 2,345 to their feet. The big-man completed the traditional three-point play to push the score to 73-41 at the 10:32 mark of the second, and the Pirates went on for the victory.
Kevin McCleery led all scorers with 19 points and pulled down eight rebounds for the Ravens, who held a 42-25 edge on the boards.
SHU’s bench outscored the Carleton subs, 39-8, and the Pirates netted 33 points off of 22 turnovers.
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