Tuesday, December 30, 2008
They Are Who We Thought They Were
Seton Hall traveled north tonight to take on Syracuse in the first BIG EAST game this season but they probably wished they had stayed home. With John Garcia missing his fourth straight game with a knee injury and Head Coach Bobby Gonzalez serving his one game suspension handed down by Czar Quinlan, Seton Hall lost 100-76.
Syracuse proved why they are the 1th ranked team in the country, shooting lights out against the outsized, outmanned Pirates squad. Canadian Mountie Andy Routins shot an unconscious 7-10 from 3pt range, leading a Syracuse team that shot 12-22 from 3. Contrast that with Seton Hall's abysmal 2-27 shooting from the arc and now you can get an idea as to why the Hall lost by 24 points.
Robert Mitchell continued his stellar play grabbing 12 rebounds (5 offensive) and putting up 22 points thereby earning himself Setonia's first Player of the Game award. However, that was the only higlight for the Hall. Brandon "Wawa" Walters almost created his own highlight film with a ridiculous one-handed put back dunk, but like most things tonight for Seton Hall, that came up short as well. In further disappointing news, Jordan Theodore continued his downward spiral as he too often looked lost on the floor, forcing too many bad passes and therefore committing too many turnovers.
Even with John Garcia and Gonzo at the helm, it would have been a tough night. Regardless, I think there were two factors that would have been against the Hall even if we had a fully healthy team. In looking at the box score, one thing sticks out like a sore thumb - Syracuse had 8 players come off the bench, the exact number of scholarship players on our entire team. Wow. On another note, on a cold Monday night the day before New Years in the middle of winter break, Syracuse had 23,000 plus at their game creating a raucus home crowd. Imagine what it would have been like if it was the middle of the semester and the students were there...?