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Seton Hall struggles with revolving door at point guard

Setonhalllogo010910_optEugene Harvey, Keon Lawrence and Jordan Theodore share position in loss to Georgetown

BY KYLE FRANKO
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Seton Hall head coach Bobby Gonzalez has a revolving door at the one position where you can't afford it.

He's started Eugene Harvey, Keon Lawrence and Jordan Theodore all at the point at some time this season. Last night it was Lawrence in the Pirates' 85-73 loss at Georgetown, but that wasn't Gonzalez's initial plan.

Gonzalez said he wanted to start Harvey but the senior told him he was more comfortable coming off the bench after the victory over Cincinnati.

"I put Keon back in there and he struggled at first so we put Eugene in and he turned the ball over, so we put Jordan in and he turned the ball over," Gonzalez said.

The Pirates turned the ball over seven times in the first 11 minutes of the game as Georgetown used a 15-0 run to take a 14 point lead it would never relinquish.

Seton Hall started to climb back into the game with Theodore at the helm as the first half wore on.

"The thing about Jordan is you know you're going to go down swinging," Gonzalez said. "He going to go down there kamikaze, running around, playing hard and I thought that's what we needed at the time."

Theodore finished with eight points in 20 minutes. Lawrence scored seven in 25 minutes and Harvey had eight in 16 minutes.

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As for the future at point guard, Gonzalez said he'd like to settle on Harvey, whose made the majority of the starts this season with 11.

"I think at times Keon is going to go to the two a little bit and it's going to be Eugene as the starter and then Jordan — more like the way it was [before last night's game]," Gonzalez said.

Herb Pope had a game he would rather forget.

The sophomore forward came into last night's game averaging a double-double (12.9 ppg, 11.5 rpg) but fouled out with 3:48 remaining with just six points and 10 rebounds.

"I think it was an issue tonight because I think a couple of the fouls he made tonight are ones he cannot make," Gonzalez said. "For him to get a foul showing out on a ball screen hip-checking the guy is one he can't make ... He's getting too many of these reckless type fouls that hurts him, which then hurts us because we need him on the floor."

Pope said: "It's kind of hard when I'm on a big and I turn around and here comes a guy 100 miles an hour — I have to help out. We just have to stop gambling at the top of the key trying to get steals to help me."

Gonzalez handed 6-foot-8, 220-pound freshman forward Ferrakohn Hall his first start of the season to help combat the size of Georgetown's Greg Monroe and Julian Vaughn.

Hall scored eight points (4-of-5 form the field) in 20 minutes.

Monroe was mostly a non-factor on the offensive end finishing with eight points and attempting only two shots.

One look at the box score and it looks like this game was much closer than the score indicated.

Seton Hall had four less turnovers, attempted 19 mores shots and had one more rebound. But Georgetown shot a red-hot 68.2 percent (30-for-44) for the game including 7-of-11 from three.

 

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