The Lancers (4-8) took an early 17-6 lead just 4:47 into the contest before the talented Pirates (11-1) responded and led 45-33 at halftime en route to their eighth-straight win.
LU was led by senior Antwan Carter|St. Petersburg, Fla. (St. Petersburg) with 20 points and nine rebounds, and classmate Jan van der Kooij|Tiendeveen, The Netherlands (Roelof van Echten) with a season-high 19 points and seven rebounds. SHU was led by Jordan Theodore with a career-high and game-high 26 points, and Fuquan Edwin with 20 points to tie his career-high.
Longwood made six of its first eight shots, including five three-point field goals — three by van der Kooij, to take an early 17-6 lead at 15:13. A stunned Seton Hall team, however, settled down and scored 10 unanswered points to close to within 17-16 at 10:56 as Edwin scored five quick points. The Lancers added yet another three-pointer as sophomore David Robinson|Chesterfield (Cosby) connected at 10:41 for a 20-16 lead before the Pirates scored five-straight points to take their first lead at 21-20 with 9:25 on the first-half clock. LU was still within 28-26 at 6:50 on van der Kooij’s fourth three-pointer of the half, but SHU closed the period with a 17-7 run to lead 45-33 at the intermission. van der Kooij had 15 points at the break, and Carter had 12 points despite earning his third foul just 5:41 into the game; ironically, Carter collected Longwood’s first three team fouls of the contest, and the flow of the game definitely turned at that point in the game … Theodore and Edwin each had 13 points at halftime for the visitors.
Longwood closed the margin a couple of times in the second half, and was within 46-36 at 18:27 on a three-pointer by
sophomore transfer Tristan Carey|Colonial Beach (La Salle), later within 68-56 at 9:24 left on a basket from senior Jeremiah Bowman|Washington, D.C. (Harcum JC). Seton Hall, though, had an answer each time behind the outstanding play of Theodore who gave the Pirates their first 20-point margin at 79-58 with two free throws at 3:38. SHU outscored the Lancers 8-3 the rest of the way for the final margin, its largest on the night.
Carter led Longwood with his 20 points, adding nine rebounds while in foul trouble and out-playing Seton Hall NBA prospect Herb Pope. van der Kooij finished with a season-high 19 points, including 4-7 three-pointers, adding seven rebounds. Bowman contributed seven points and a game-high six assists. LU shot 43% (23-54) from the field, including 41% (9-22) on three-pointers, and 55% (6-11) at the free throw line.
Theodore led Seton Hall with his career-high 26 points, adding a game-high six assists. Edwin added 20 points to tie his career-high, while the 6-8 Pope had eight points and a game-high 10 rebounds for the Pirates. SHU shot 57% (36-63) from the field, including 36% (8-22) on three-pointers, and 50% (7-14) at the line.
Seton Hall leads the all-time series between the two schools at 2-0, including a 78-51 win in New Jersey last season (12.13.10).