Disaster strikes in Pitt loss
The Seton Hall Pirates lost their third straight game, falling on the road to No. 22 Pittsburgh, 83-58, on Saturday.
The Hall is now 0-5 on the road in conference play.
“A lot of things went wrong for us tonight, including that fact that we can’t fly out tonight.” head coach Bobby Gonzalez said referring to the inclement weather last weekend.
Senior Eugene Harvey led the Hall with just 12 points.
Junior Jeremy Hazell had just two points in the game. He was 1-7 from the floor, 0-5 from beyond the arc.
“I thought (Pitt senior) Jermaine Dixon’s length bothered Jeremy Hazell today,” Gonzalez said. “They did a good job trailing him off screens, they were very physical.”
Junior Jamel Jackson had 11 points for the Hall, going 3-7 from beyond the arc.
Sophomore Herb Pope struggled in his homecoming. The native of Aliquppa, a Pittsburgh suburb, scored just nine points and grabbed six rebounds.
“They did a good job on Herb Pope, the first time we played them he went 19 and 9,” Gonzalez said. “Today he struggled a little bit. He was trying too hard and forcing up some shots.”
For the Panthers, their biggest contributor came off the bench, in junior Gilbert Brown. He had 23 points in the win.
Pittsburgh had four of their five starters score in double figures.
Dixon had 15 points and junior Brad Wanamaker tallied 13 points to go with six rebounds for the Panthers. Sophomore Ashton Gibbs, a product of Seton Hall Prep, had 11 points.
Junior center Gary McGhee had 12 points and 11 rebounds to tally the lone double-double in the game.
On defense, he held Pope and junior Jeff Robinson to just 15 points and 12 rebounds combined.
“We got their ‘A’ game today,” Gonzalez said. “They really defended hard, shot the ball terrific. They played probably as good as they played all year.”
The Hall was down 13 points in the final minutes of the first half until they went on a 6-0 run to cut the Panthers lead to seven at the half.
In the second half, sophomore Robert Mitchell, who finished with 11 points, hit what was called a three-point basket on the floor, however the officials reviewed the play and reversed their call to a long two-pointer.
On the Panthers ensuing possession, Wanamaker hit a long three-pointer as the shot clock was expiring and the Panthers never looked back.
“I thought that was a huge dagger, momentum play,” Gonzalez said. “We played defense for 35 seconds and guarded the heck out of them. And it was like I’ve been saying, ‘what else can go wrong?'”
The game was only officiated by two referees because one of the officials could not make the game due to the inclement weather.
“I don’t know if having two officials was good or bad,” Gonzalez said. “It might have been a good thing or a bad thing. I still can’t tell.”
In the game, the referees called four technical fouls.
In the first half, Hazell and Dixon were called for technical fouls for having a heated conversation with each other.
In the second half, with Pope at the foul line shooting two shots, head coach Bobby Gonzalez was given a technical for arguing with the officials and just a few minutes later, assistant coach Scott Adubato was given a technical duing a media timeout.
The Pirates were without senior guard Keon Lawrence who remained in South Orange for the game.
“Keon Lawrence didn’t make the trip so he could remain at home and handle some personal issues,” Assistant Athletic Director of Communications Matt Sweeney said in an email response. “He will be back practicing with the team today and is expected to play on Thursday.”
Seton Hall returns to action on Thursday when Notre Dame heads to the Prudential Center.
Tip off is set for 7 p.m.
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