GAMEDAY Mens Basketball

Seton Hall 84, Bethune-Cookman 78

(AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)

By MATT SUGAM
Associated Press

NEWARK, N.J. - Kevin Willard went through his usual halftime routine with Seton Hall trailing a Bethune-Cookman team it should have handled easily. The 12th-year coach calmly broke down game tape and made some alterations.

The low-key approach paid off as No. 21 Seton Hall pulled away in the second half for an 84-70 win over Bethune-Cookman. Jared Rhoden scored 18 points, and Alexis Yetna had 14 points and 13 rebounds for the Pirates.

"More or less, I always just make corrections. I don't try to reinvent the wheel at halftime. We try to just make game adjustments at halftime," Willard said. "I think that was it. That's all I really do at halftime. I'm not a yeller. It's not worth it."

It was the first double-double with Seton Hall for Yetna, a graduate transfer from South Florida.

"I'm still getting used to a lot of the new guys and what they're doing and what they can do," Willard said. "One of the things I got to do with Lex is get him inside more and not in space to give him the opportunity to be aggressive and get some of his junkyard dog points that he's always gotten. Some of his stats and rebounding issues have been more the way I've used him on offense than him, but it was good to see him be out there and be aggressive."

Bethune-Cookman had a 34-33 lead at halftime, but Rhoden's jumper a minute into the second half gave Seton Hall (5-1) the lead for good and started a 9-0 run. The Pirates stretched their advantage to as much as 23 points.

"We didn't come out with the level of energy and intensity you wanted to. Obviously, give them credit. They came out ready to play," said Seton Hall's Jamir Harris, who finished with 11 points. "In a locker room, we were just talking to one another, locking in on getting our intensity to the level we needed to win the game and the coach reiterated that."

Joe French scored 30 points for the Wildcats (1-6), and Marcus Garrett scored 11.

Bethune-Cookman went on a 9-0 run to end the first half, keeping it close thanks in part to Seton Hall's poor outside shooting. The Pirates went 3-for-17 from 3-point range in the opening 20 minutes but made 5 of 12 3s in the second half.

Seton Hall won the rebounding battle 42-24.

"We try to get better every game as the season goes on," Yetna said. "So every game is just another occasion to get better."


Bethune-Cookman
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
D. Robertson F 33 3-10 1-1 0-0 1-4 1 1 1 0 2 7
C. Poulina F 22 0-2 0-0 0-1 0-1 0 0 0 0 1 0
J. French G 36 12-21 2-2 4-7 1-4 1 0 0 4 2 30
D. McEntire G 25 3-8 3-4 0-0 0-3 2 0 3 0 5 9
M. Garrett G 20 5-10 0-0 1-2 1-1 2 0 0 1 2 11
C. Joseph   23 3-5 0-0 0-1 0-3 5 0 1 2 1 6
M. West   22 2-4 0-0 1-2 0-3 6 0 0 3 2 5
J. Long   19 1-2 0-0 0-0 0-2 1 0 2 0 2 2
Totals   200 29-62
(.468)
6-7
(.857)
6-13
(.462)
5-24 18 1 7 11 17 70


Seton Hall
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
J. Rhoden F 26 5-10 6-6 2-5 2-4 2 0 0 2 3 18
A. Yetna F 24 4-8 6-6 0-2 3-13 1 0 0 3 2 14
I. Obiagu C 17 1-1 2-2 0-0 0-0 0 5 0 1 3 4
B. Aiken G 22 1-7 2-2 0-5 1-3 3 0 1 3 1 4
J. Long G 20 1-3 0-1 1-3 2-3 3 0 1 2 2 3
K. Richmond   26 3-7 0-0 0-2 1-7 6 0 2 1 0 6
J. Harris   23 4-9 0-0 3-7 0-0 3 0 1 1 1 11
T. Samuel   22 5-6 0-0 1-2 2-5 0 2 2 0 1 11
T. Jackson   16 2-6 4-4 0-2 1-6 3 1 0 0 0 8
T. Powell   2 1-1 0-0 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 3
S. Granda   1 1-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 2
J. Smith   1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals   200 28-59
(.475)
20-21
(.952)
8-29
(.276)
13-42 21 8 7 14 13 84
Officials: Jeff Clark, Evon Burroughs, Clarence Armstrong




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