After a rousing victory against Florida International University on Friday night, the Monmouth University Hawks came up slightly short against the Seton Hall University Pirates. A little earlier today, the Hawks went down 72 – 87 in a game that was much more competitive than a 15 point difference.Seton Hall is a very tough, aggressive team with some stellar athletes playing for them. To their credit, they played a great full court press style of defense the entire game and it took the Monmouth players a little while to adequately fight back. I was impressed with Seton Hall’s overall team speed, too. They’re a quick bunch of guys and, as anyone who has played a competitive sport can tell you, speed comes in handy as the game goes on.
As for the Hawks, I was impressed with their overall cohesion as a team, but I’d like to see them start playing a little bit more aggressively throughout the game. They don’t need to generate a ton of fouls, but they shouldn’t be afraid of some physical contact with their opponents. And free throws. They have to hit their free throws. I’m not sure when the box score and statistics will be available for this game, but I would bet that they’ll show the Hawks missing a large percentage of their free throws. In fact, I bet that if they hit all of their free throws, the final score may have been a lot closer and possibly in their favor…
On a day when the Monmouth University men’s soccer team won the NEC Championship, the men’s basketball team came up a little bit short. But that’s okay. I’m sure the team will bounce back and have a great game against St. Peter’s College in Jersey City, New Jersey. That game is at 6:00am and on ESPN, so if you happen to be getting up early in the morning to get ready for work – look for it!
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