Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Seton Hall Wins a Tough Battle Against #15 St. John's

Seton Hall's Sterling Gibbs Celebrates
After Hitting a Late Game Three Pointer
Coming into today no one expected Seton Hall to beat #15 St. John's.  They had just lost their freshman star Isaiah Whitehead to a stress fracture in his foot.  He was averaging 11.9 PPG and was playing spectacular.  Now they had to find a new team identity, as  they will be playing without him for a few weeks, and that they did.

Heading into halftime everything indicated that whoever would win was going to have to fight for it.  At the half Seton Hall was up 40-35 and they never skipped a beat in the 1st half.

Coming out of the half, Seton Hall impressed many again.  They had stretched their lead out a little, and with about 10 minutes left they led the 15th ranked team in the country by 9 points.  But once again St. John's fought their way right back into the game.  All of a sudden, they went on an 11-2 run to make it a 2 point game with Seton Hall still leading 65-63.  Although Seton Hall let them hang they finally stepped on St. John's throats and closed out the game to capture a 78-67 win.

Sterling Gibbs played a huge game for the Pirates of Seton Hall.  He finished with 25 points and 8 assists.  With the game hanging in the balance for either team to grab, Gibbs hit a clutch three pointer to spark his team into winning the game.

On the other hand, D'Angelo Harrison also scored 25 points, he also grabbed 4 rebounds for St. John's.  He proved once again how great he truly is.  The Red Storm's point guard was constantly battling for rebounds and hounding opponents on the defensive end.  Harrison also controlled St. John's offense and was able to produce clutch buckets down the stretch.

Today's game exposed both teams' true colors.  Seton Hall is definitely a top 25 team, they are 11-2 and have played great all season.  They are playing good as a whole team right now and when Whitehead comes back they will be one of the top teams in the Big East, if not the best.  But for St. John's they once again proved that they are inconsistent.  Some nights they come in ready to slaughter openents, but days like today they looked flat.  Although they have some troubles they are also 11-2 and have been playing great.  The battle between these two teams was a classic Big East game.  Both St. John's and Seton Hall were scrapping for buckets all the way until the final buzzer sounded.

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