Seton Hall 113, Wagner 91
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. (AP) _ Seton Hall coach George Blaney knew all along what he could expect from his guards Shaheen Holloway and Levell Sanders. It was the other parts of the puzzle that perplexed him.
The situation didn’t change much through the first five or six games of the season as the guards produced, while the others floundered.
But that all turned around Monday as Holloway scored 27 and dished for 11 assists, Sanders added 21 and three other teammates tallied double figures as the Pirates beat Wagner, 113-91.
``We’ve been saying all along that we’ve been playing hard and that all we need are a couple of people to step up and score some points,″ said Seton Hall coach George Blaney after the Pirates evened their record at 4-4. They scored the most points in a game since a 114-61 win over Manhattan on Dec. 9, 1985.
And Blaney had players step up against the Seahawks as freshman Rimas Kaukenas scored 19, Donnel Williams added 18 and Duane Jordan added 11 _ all season highs. It was the first time all year that more than three players hit double figures in a game.
The Pirates led Wagner (3-4) by just 48-45 at the half but scored the first five of the second half on two technical foul shots by Sanders, a layup by Bayonne Taty and a free throw by Holloway.
Seton Hall led 60-54 with 15 minutes to play in the second half when it broke the game open with a 24-6 run.
Jordan scored nine of his points in the decisive burst while Kaukenas added eight, vaulting the Pirates, who shot 63 percent in the second half and 55 percent in the game, to a commanding 84-60 lead.
``We played about 10 minutes of really good defensive basketball in that stretch,″ said Blaney. ``We were aggressive, forced turnovers and ran our offense.
``Shaheen played awfully well,″ Blaney said. ``He was pushing the ball up the court and looking for his teammates and when he does that we get a lot of good looks.″
Wagner coach Tom Capstraw felt Holloway was just too much for the Seahawks to handle.
``Our team prides itself on defense,″ said Capstraw. ``We thrive on the initial defense of the guards, but Holloway was so good he made us look like we weren’t doing anything.
``We got beat by a team that played great,″ Capstraw said. ``But I think Holloway’s ability to penetrate had a lot to do with it.″
Meanwhile, Holloway seemed to be far more pleased with his assists than points.
``It was a lot of fun to just go out there, score some points and put the ball in my teammates’ hands,″ said Holloway. ``It was nice to see guys like Rimas and Duane step up and contribute. We’re going to need them.″
Seton Hall made 15 of 31 three-point attempts to eclipse the previous record of 12 treys in a game. Sanders led the way by hitting five of nine threes while Holloway and Kaukenas each added four.
Jason Roberts led the Seahawks with 19 points while teammate Dan Seigle added 18.