Junior forward Patrik Auda has played well this season, averaging 10 points and five rebounds a game a year after missing most of the Pirates’ games with a broken foot.
But Monday night was something totally different.
In a game that made good on the ravings of Auda in practice this season by his teammates and coaches, the 6-9 native of the Czech Republic exploded for 27 points and 10 rebounds as Seton Hall beat Monmouth 82-66 at Prudential Center in Newark.
Auda shot missed only one shot all night long, making eight of nine shots from the field and all nine of his free throws to shatter his previous career high of 18 points, set in his sophomore year against Dayton. It was also Auda’s second-career double-double.
“I think Patrik played terrific- I think he’s played terrific,” head coach Kevin Willard said following the win. “In 22 minutes, to score 27 points and grab 10 rebounds, I think he played great. This is what I envisioned for him as he came up from a sophomore to a junior.”
The numbers don’t tell the whole story, however. Auda was all over the floor- hustling for loose balls, blocking shots (two of them on the night), taking the ball to the rim and finishing with authority. He also threw down several dunks that got the crowd of 5,679 to give him a standing ovation upon being subbed out in the final minutes.