College Hoops Player of the Day for Thursday, December 5, 2013
Seton Hall outscored visiting LIU-Brooklyn by 17 points in the first half, en route to a 92-81 victory over the Blackbirds.
Gene Teague was a monster in the paint, notching season-highs in scoring and rebounding with 16 points and 17 boards, his second double-double in his last three games.
Teague's effort inside was matched on the outside by fellow senior, Brian Oliver, who didn't take a shot from inside the three-point arc, nailing eight of his 17 attempts from long range, adding a pair of free throws for a game-high 26 points, also a season high.
The Pirates are just 5-3 as they make their way through the non-conference portion of their schedule, though their three losses have been by a total of just eight points, including an 86-85 defeat to Oklahoma on November 22.
Staying in New Jersey for their next game, the Pirates play at Rutgers (4-5) on Sunday, December 8. While Seton Hall remained in the Big East as the once-powerful conference disintegrated last season, Rutgers jumped to the newly-formed American conference, where former Big East teams, Louisville, Cincinnati and Connecticut are expected to dominate.