Previewing Seton Hall

NC State (7-3) heads on the road today to face a tough Seton Hall (8-2) squad in a huge game for both teams. The Pirates feature a dominant duo in Brian Laing and Eugene Harvey.


    F Brian Laing - 20.2 ppg, 7.6 rpg
    C Augustine Okosun - 1.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg
    G Larry Davis - 6.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg
    G Jamar Nutter - 9.2 ppg, 2.3 rpg
    G Eugene Harvey - 18.2 ppg, 3.8 apg

    Brian Laing -- A high school teammate of Gavin Grant's, Laing is leading the Pirates in scoring, averaging just over 20 points per game. He's a tweener at forward but is extremely tough and hits the boards hard.

    Eugene Harvey -- Explosive point guard leads Seton Hall's offensive attack. Harvey always plays in attack mode and is pest in their fullcourt press.

    Seton Hall Game Notes

    Seton Hall found themselves down by as many as 19 points early in the second half, but staged a remarkable comeback and defeated James Madison in their fourth overtime game of the season, 112-110. Trailing 40-30 at halftime, the Pirates had one of their most productive halves of the season in the second frame... scoring 69 points and shooting 56.1% from the floor. Junior Paul Gause scored all 21 of his points after halftime and tied again his Seton Hall single-season record of eight steals. Eugene Harvey led all scores with 27 points, while Brian Laing added 21 more. Seton Hall outscored JMU points in the paint, 62-to-38, and bench points, 42-to-14.

    With the Pirates' 112-110 overtime victory over James Madison, head coach Bobby Gonzalez recorded his 150th career coaching victory. Currently in his ninth year, Gonzalez has an overall record of 150 wins and 95 losses. He is 21-18 in his tenure at Seton Hall.

    It capped 32 seasons in between games that Seton Hall and their opponent both scored 100 points in a game when the Pirates defeated Robert Morris, 111-107, on Nov. 18. But only eight games later, Seton Hall did it again with a 112-110 win over James Madison on Dec. 22. That victory marked the first time in school history that two teams scored over 110 points in the same game.

    Junior captain Paul Gause once again imposed his relentless energy and will in Seton Hall's overtime victory against James Madison. After failing to score in the first half, he erupted for 20 points on 5-for-6 shooting from the floor and 7-for-7 from the free throw line in the second half. Spearheading the Pirates' defensive effort, Gause tallied eight steals including three crucial thefts in the final two minutes of regulation. His steal with 11 seconds remaining allowed Jamar Nutter to tie the game and send it into overtime. Gause had two more steals in the overtime period.

    Seton Hall has an all-time record of 62-77 against current teams of the Atlantic Coast Conference. N.C. State will be the second ACC opponent the Pirates have faced this season. On Nov. 24, they defeated #23-ranked Virginia, 74-60. Seton Hall has played the most games against former BIG EAST rival, Boston College, of which they hold a record of 28-44. The Pirates have a winning record against only four of the 12 teams in the conference. Seton Hall's last loss to an ACC team came last season, an 80-61 setback to Virginia Tech on Dec. 21 at Madison Square Garden.

    All 31 Seton Hall men's basketball regular season games in 2007-08 will be heard on its flagship radio station, 77WABC, it was announced on Tuesday. The agreement will enable the Pirates faithful to easily find the games on the radio dial. In past seasons, Seton Hall game broadcasts lacked a consistency with one station. This year, all 31 regular season games will be broadcasted via 77WABC. Veteran radio announcers Gary Cohen and Dave Popkin will return for their fifth season covering Pirates basketball.

    Starting this season, Seton Hall will face all 15 of its BIG EAST opponents at least once. They will play Marquette, USF and Rutgers twice. The Pirates open the conference slate against Connecticut on January 3 and finish against Rutgers on March 9. Both games will be at Prudential Center.

    Twenty-one of the Pirates' 31 scheduled regular season games will be televised either nationally or regionally this season. Seton Hall will get the nation's attention five times with two broadcasts on ESPN2 (at Providence – Jan. 24, Syracuse – March 5), two on ESPNU (N.C. State – Dec. 27, at Villanova – Feb. 9) and one on ESPN360 (at USF – Feb. 26). Via ESPN Regional, Seton Hall's games will be shown an additional 14 times with broadcasts on SNY (nine), MSG (three) and FSNY (two). The Prudential Center-opening game against Monmouth on November 11 will be carried by SNY.

    Go to to hear a live web audio stream of all Seton Hall men's basketball games this season. Gary Cohen and Dave Popkin will bring you all the action. Get the HALL PASS Today! Video streaming will be available for the Princeton game only.

    2007-08 CAPTAINS TRIO
    For the second straight season, head coach Bobby Gonzalez has appointed three captains for the season. Senior Brian Laing will captain the team for the second consecutive year, while senior Jamar Nutter and junior Paul Gause join him to make the trifecta.

    Seton Hall's victory over Monmouth marked the first time they opened the season with an overtime game since they defeated Catholic, 69-67, to start the 1963-64 campaign. The Pirates' victory over Robert Morris marked the first time in the history of the program that they've started the season with two overtime games.

    Seton Hall's overtime victory against James Madison marked their fourth overtime game in 10 contests, which surpasses the total for all of last season and matches their most since the 1999-00 season. The Pirates have had four seasons in which they've played in four overtime games, but have never played in five overtime games in one season.

    Super Sophomore Eugene Harvey has scored a career-best 27 points in a game four times. Most recently, he led all scorers with 27 in an overtime victory over James Madison. He also scored 27 points in the Pirates' overtime victories against Monmouth and Robert Morris this season. If the Pirates win in OT, you can bet Harvey has scored 27.

    The Pirates are averaging 86.5 points per game so far this season, which leads the BIG EAST Conference. They've topped the 80-point mark six times in 10 games this season. Seton Hall's scoring has been relatively balanced as well. In all 10 games, at least three players have scored in double figures and in five games at least four players have. Currently, senior Brian Laing leads the BIG EAST in scoring at 20.2 points per game and sophomore Eugene Harvey ranks fourth with 18.2 points per game.

    Seton Hall Head Coach Bobby Gonzalez became a father for the first time prior to the Princeton game. Brooke Kimberly Gonzalez entered the world at 11:41 a.m. on Wed., Nov. 28.

    The Pirates have gotten great play from their bench all season long. Seton Hall's bench has outscored their opponent's in 8-of-10 games so far. Against Princeton, the Pirates' bench outscored Princeton's, 20-2. Most recently, Seton Hall's bench outscored James Madison's, 42-14. Paul Gause led the Pirates off the bench with 21.

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