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Week 5 Progress Report: Seton Hall

The Pirates have put together a nice winning streak, and will look to continue rolling for the rest of December.

Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports

Seton Hall is riding a three-game winning streak, as victories over LIU Brooklyn, Rutgers, and NJIT this week have brought the Pirates to 7-3 on the season. Kevin Willard’s team has done it almost entirely without star swingman Fuquan Edwin, who injured his ankle against LIU Brooklyn on December 5th.

Player of the Week

Gene Teague has been absolutely dominant. Despite taking just seven shots a game, the 6’9", 270 pound senior big man has given the Hall three consecutive double-doubles, averaging over 15 points and 15 rebounds along the way.

On the season, the Vineland, NJ native is putting up 9.2 points and 9.1 rebounds a night while shooting over 50 percent from the field. Teague (91) also has 41 more boards than SHU’s next leading rebounder, Brandon Mobley (50).

Teague has been spectacular, efficient and bruising for the Pirates, and is more than deserving of Player of the Week title.

Biggest Storyline to Watch Next Week

Since Edwin has gone out, Jaren Sina has been forced to take on a bigger role in the offense. And every game, the freshmen guard has gotten better and better.

After playing under 28 minutes in each of Seton Hall’s first seven games, Sina has played 34, 33, and 35 minutes, respectively, in his last three contests. After a shy 2-point (1-4 FG) performance against Rutgers, the former Gill St. Bernard’s School standout torched NJIT for 17 points and four assists, both season-highs.

Edwin will be out for at least another week or so, and backup guard Tom Maayan—who is reporting back to his native country to serve in the Israel Defense Unit—has played his last game for the Pirates. That leaves Sina to shoulder ball-handling duties along with Sterling Gibbs, and that means more playing time, scoring and big nights from the freshmen.

And with an elite freshmen class coming in next season, the increased exposure will do wonders for both Sina and Gibbs as they run the offense in 2014-15.


Upcoming schedule

Game Date/Time Location
St. Peter's December 14, 12 EST Newark, NJ
Eastern Washington December 22, 5 EST Newark, NJ
Lafayette December 27, 8 EST

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