Seton Hall Hands UMass 86-68 Loss
Dec. 7, 2009
NEWARK, N.J. - Undefeated Seton Hall handed UMass a 86-68 loss at the Prudential Center on Monday night. Seton Hall's dynamic combination of Herb Pope (22) and Jeremy Hazell (21) combined for 43 points as the Pirates moved to 7-0 overall. The Hall shot 53 percent from the floor in the first half in building an insurmountable 44-19 advantage. Pope added 15 rebounds. UMass (4-5 overall) was led by Ricky Harris (15) and Anthony Gurley (15). Both players have scored in double-figures in every game this season.
Harris moved to ninth in career scoring, passing Mike Pyatt (1,503) as he now has 1,506.
The Minutemen shot just 29 from the floor in the game after 19.4 percent in the first half. UMass missed its first 14 shots from 3-point range in the game. Gurley ended the drought with 14:27 left in the second game as he drained a trey to make it 57-28 in favor of the Pirates.
Seton Hall's largest lead of the game was 35 points at 64-29 with 11:31 left in the second half on a pair of Robert Mitchell free throws. UMass had a run of making 7-of-9 3-pointers in the second half to cut the deficit to 24 on several occasions.
UMass outscored Seton Hall, 49-42 in the second half. Terrell Vinson scored nine of his 12 in the final 20 minutes.
The Pirates led 44-19 at halftime as Pope (16) and Hazell (15) combined for 31 points. Seton Hall shot 53 percent from the floor in the first half, while UMass made just 19.4 percent of its shots (7-of-36). The Minutemen missed on all 12 of their 3-point attempts.
The Pirates took a 22-point lead at 39-17 on a jumper by Hazell with 2:48 left in the first. That expanded to 25 points on Hazell's second 3-pointer of the half with 51 seconds left, making it 44-19.
Seton Hall methodically built a lead of 16 midway through the first half. Jordan Theodore scored five points in a row to give the Pirates a 28-12 lead with 7:47 left in the first half. Seton Hall used a 13-2 run to take expand a 15-10 lead with 11 minutes left in the first half.
The Minutemen are off until Friday, when they host Grambling State at the Mullins Center at 8 p.m., following the women's game against Providence at 6 p.m.
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