Seton Hall (4-2) notched an uplifting victory over Virginia Tech a week ago after suffering one of the most heartbreaking losses imaginable to Oklahoma, 68-67. Both games were played as part of the annual Coaches vs. Cancer Classic tournament.
A cold-blooded three ball from senior Fuquan Edwin pushed Seton Hall over the top against VT, 68-67. Edwin, an NBA prospect, has been extreme this season -- his play has either been at superstar level or pedestrian. He’s eclipsed 18 points three times, but failed to reach five in two separate games, though both of those were wins. On the season, Edwin is putting up over 15 points a game.
Redshirt sophomore Sterling Gibbs will be the other Pirate at the forefront of the offense against Farleigh Dickinson (2-6). In his first season after transferring from Texas, Gibbs has led Seton Hall in scoring with over 16 points an outing. He’s shown great poise with the rock, and has mastered the art of getting to the free throw line. In the three games that Gibbs got to charity stripe for double digit attempts, he put up over 20 points in each of them.
As Kevin Willard’s team prepares for FDU, senior guard Sidney Sanders Jr. will be the primary focus. In a 73-72 win over Rutgers on November 26th, Sanders Jr. lit up the Scarlet Knights for 22 points and 10 assists.
But outside of Sanders Jr., the Knights of FDU have just one other player scoring in over 10 points a game. Before beating Rutgers, Farleigh Dickinson had gotten smacked six straight times, four of those games being absolute blowouts.
Led by Edwin and Gibbs, Seton Hall should jump out to an early lead and maintain it throughout the game. Players like Stephane Manga, Tom Maayan and Hakeem Harris – guys who don’t see a ton of minutes – should get some burn in this one. Take the Pirates in a blowout.