Pirates Pull Off 2-Point Victory; Face UMass in NIT Round 2

Jordan Theodore contributed 21 points to the Pirates' 63-61 victory over Stony Brook in Tuesday's first-round NIT game. (File photo)

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – In their second NIT appearance in three years, the Seton Hall Pirates defeated the Stony Brook Sea Wolves 63-61 on Tuesday night at Walsh Gymnasium.

Seniors Jordan Theodore and Herb Pope led the way for the Hall, scoring 41 of the 63 points. Theodore led all scorers with 21 points, while Pope added 20 points.

Despite leading by 10 points in the first half, the Pirates gave way to the Sea Wolves, who had a chance to win the game on a three-point field goal at the end of regulation, but New Jersey native Bryan Dougher’s shot missed wide.

Sign Up for E-News

Forward Tommy Brenton’s last-second tip-in chance rolled off the front of the rim, which gave Seton Hall their first NIT win since 1956.

“We knew he was getting the ball,” Theodore said. “I think the game plan was to fight over the screen and contest the shot. Aaron (Cosby) did a great job at doing that.”

Stony Brook had the lead in the second half after recovering from a 10-point deficit.

Forward Dallis Joyner converted on a layup with 16:03 remaining to give the Sea Wolves the39-36 lead.

"I don’t think we had the edge on them at all,” Theodore said. “We just came out with a lot of energy, we (were) moving our hands, we were getting the 50-50 balls, doing the little things that get you the win.”

The Pirates responded when Theodore hit a step back jumper then stole the ball from forward Tommy Brenton and converted on a fast-break layup to take a one-point lead with 15 minutes to play.

The Pirates never trailed again.

With the scored tied at 46 with 10 minutes to play, Theodore led the Pirates on a 7-0 run to recapture the lead. Sophomore Patrik Auda made a layup and freshman Brandon Mobley nailed a 3-pointer.

The Hall kept a two-possession lead until there were two minutes remaining on the clock. After Pope extended the Pirates’ lead to six on a layup, Stony Brook held the Hall scoreless, while pulling down six rebounds to set up Dougher’s last-second 3-point attempt.

“They destroyed us on rebounding,” head coach Kevin Willard said. “That was a worry from the start because they are an older, veteran team that plays extremely hard. I thought we did an extremely good job defensively on them.”

Stony Brook out rebounded the Pirates 44 to 23, including 19 offensive boards for the Sea Wolves.

“You just have to give them a lot of credit for being scrappy and playing hard,” Willard said.

The Pirates will host the Massachusetts Minutemen at Walsh Gymnasium on a date and time to be determined.

Massachusetts beat Mississippi State in double overtime on Tuesday to earn the trip to South Orange.

Tim LeCras is participating in a hyperlocal journalism partnership between The Alternative Press and Seton Hall University's Department of Communication & The Arts designed to give students real-world experience.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


Maplewood Police Blotter - Three Thefts Reported, Including a Motor Vehicle

April 24, 2018

April 16 - Shoplifting; At approximately 3:15 p.m., officers responded to the 7-11 on Irvington Avenue on a reported shoplifter.  An employee reported that prior to officer’s arrival, a male entered the store, picked up several pieces of candy and then left without paying.

April 16 - Theft from Auto; At approximately 6:15 p.m. an unsecured vehicle parked on Van ...

Maplewood Police Blotter - Man Arrested for Package Thefts

April 5 - Shoplifting; At approximately 3:15 p.m. officers responded to the Extra Supermarket on Irvington Ave on a reported shoplifter. Jean Legerme, age 21 of Newark was detained by security for attempting to leave the store without paying for several items. He was arrested, taken into custody and later released after being charged on a summons.

April 5 - Shoplifting; At ...

South Orange Celebrates Retirement of Longtime Train Station Employee, Joe Kelly

April 26, 2018

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - If you are one of the many who travel from the South Orange train station, you will no longer see the familiar face of Joe Kelly at the ticket window, as he retired on Monday, April 23, after 42 years with NJ Transit, and 24 years in South Orange.

The South Orange Board of Trustees (BOT) recognized Kelly with a proclamation at the Monday night BOT meeting, with many ...

Sunny Skies for the South Mountain YMCA Healthy Kids Day Celebration

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The South Mountain YMCA celebrated Healthy Kids Day on Saturday, with lots of sun, activities, and healthy snacks, which were provided by the Stop and Shop of South Orange and Trader Joe's of Millburn,

The afternoon of fun included a climbing wall, an obstacle course, laser tag, bounce houses, and slides.

There was also an opportunity for kids to visit to the ...

Robotics and Turkey Sandwiches

April 26, 2018

April 22, 2018

Below is the thank you letter written to all of the groups involved in a wonderful service project in support of Bridges Outreach, a Summit based organization that has been aiding local homeless friends for 30 years.

Dear Central Presbyterian Kindergartners, Stanley Family and friends, Fear the Gear, Columbia High School robotics and Washington Avenue School artists:

Thank ...

Academy Heights Residents: No More Valley Street Development Until Master Plan Approved

This past Thursday, April 19th, the South Orange Development Committee considered a presentation from developers regarding the All Star Motors site on Valley Street between 3rd and 4th. The proposal is for a 61 unit dormitory/boarding house for college students, with 175 beds and limited parking on a lot that is partially zoned for two-family residential. About 20 Academy Heights neighbors ...

Millburn Township Votes to Look at Flexible Parking Changes

April 26, 2018

MILLBURN, NJ - The Millburn Township Committee unanimously approved a resolution to authorize the advertisement of bids for the removal of downtown flexible parking.

The heightened sidewalk parking was implemented in the first phase of the Complete Streets Initiative, which passed unanimously in 2015. In recent years, members of the public has expressed their disapproval of multiple ...

Last Chance to See the New Musical 'The Sting' at The Paper Mill Playhouse

MILLBURN, NJ - Currently at the Paper Mill Playhouse is a musical stage adaptation of the original 1973 Academy Award-winning film, The Sting, which starred Robert Redford and Paul Newman. The same two parts are played on stage by Harry Connick, Jr and J. Harrison Ghee. Connick and Ghee, along with the other principal players and the ensemble, sing and dance and Connick plays the piano all ...

Cranford's Kurt Steiner, a Holocaust Survivor, tells Life Story as 106th Birthday Draws Near

April 25, 2018

CRANFORD, NJ – In a quaint white house near the border of Cranford and Garwood, 105-year-old Kurt Steiner sat at his dining room table, surrounded by cabinets that held his collection of Viennese glass and antique Limoge plates. At his table, he had his carefully taped together passport and exit papers from Vienna, Austria, stamped with a large “J” and “Jude,” the ...

Amazon Works to End Stigma of “Free and Reduced” Meals at School

FLORENCE, NJ – There is a widely unknown problem in schools all over America: a stigma among many children who are eligible for free or reduced lunch.

Rather than face the peer pressure of receiving breakfast or lunch through this federal program, many choose to remain hungry.

To help eliminate the practice, Amazon has partnered with Share our Strength’s “No Kid ...

Achieve's 4th Maker Madness this Saturday at Columbia High School

April 26, 2018

Achieve's 4th Annual Maker Madness on Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Columbia High School

Maker Madness is a free, hands-on event for students and families offering activity stations such as animation, 3-D printing, electronics demolition, kinetic sculpture, catapults, coding, and more! Over 1,400 students and adults participate every ...

Seth Boyden Helps Kids 'Grow on Trees'

Members of the public are invited to the opening ceremony of the Seth Boyden Children's Arboretum on Arbor Day, April 27, at 9 a.m. Visitors should gather outside at the rear of the building, 274 Boyden Avenue, Maplewood.

Seth Boyden Demonstration School has long been a hothouse for growing kids’ connection to nature with unique and sustainable green initiatives. There’s ...

Brazilian Colors - Jazz at Millburn Library

The Millburn Free Public Library is pleased to welcome Claudio Roditi and Abelita Mateus to perform their jazz program Brazilian Colors on Friday, May 11, 2018 at 2:00pm.

Brazilian Colors is a unique concert highlighting beautiful Brazilian bossa novas and sambas played by two exceptional musicians. Both have left their native Brazil to pursue their dream of combining jazz with Brazilian ...