Pirates lead Mercer 31-29 at the half

Seton Hall leads Mercer by two points at the end of the first half.

Seniors Herb Pope and Jordan Theodore scored back-to-back buckets, giving the Hall a one-point lead, 4-3, with three minutes into the game.

Freshman Brandon Mobley made his first appearance after being medically cleared, contributing an assistant to teammate Aaron Cosby’s 3-pointer and a defensive rebound with little over 10 minutes left to play,

With nine minutes remaining, Pope received the ball off a teammate’s drive to the lane, dunking the ball and getting fouled, scoring three of his first-half nine points.

Less than a minute later, sophomore Fuquan Edwin drained a 3-pointer, increasing the Pirates’ run to 13 points with the score being 19-6.

Mercer came back with two straight 3-pointers and an alley oop to sophomore forward Daniel Coursey, cutting the score to 19-14.

After Pope rebounded and converted his own miss, Coursey answered on the other end of the court with another dunk, landing Mercer within two points.

Sophomore forward Patrik Auda sank a 3-pointer off Theodore’s pass, giving the Pirates a seven-point lead.

The Bears, however, wouldn’t go away,. Mercer went on a six-point run until Auda again scored for Seton Hall, making both his foul shots on 1-for-1.

With one minute remaining in the first, Mercer cut the Hall’s lead to one-point on two occasions.

The Pirates end the first half with a two-point lead, 31-29.

Author: Staff Writer

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