Coming off an emotional win over Rutgers, Seton Hall had a quick turnaround on their hands against the NJIT Highlanders, and after a sluggish start, the Pirates pulled away in the second half for a 71-55 win at Prudential Center in Newark on Tuesday night.
Four Pirates scored in double-figures, led by junior forward Brandon Mobleyâ€™s 18 points, 11 of which came after halftime. Freshman guard Jaren Sina also contributed a career-best 17 points, while senior center Eugene Teague continued his strong recent play with 11 points and 14 rebounds, his third-straight double-double.
â€ś(NJIT Head Coach Jim Engles) does such a good job with his team,â€ť Seton Hall head coach Kevin Willard said after the win. â€śThey play hard. Theyâ€™re a tough team to prepare for in one day. We were coming off a really emotional win on Sunday, so I wanted us to get off to a better start. But I though Eugene (Teague) really carried us through that first half.â€ť
The Highlanders sprinted out of the gate, scoring 11 points in the first two minutes of the contest to take an 11-4 lead, prompting an early timeout from the Pirate bench. NJIT maintained their lead, stretching it out to as many as eight points at the 11:20 mark of the first half on a three-pointer by Nigel Sydnor.