Reprinted from yesterday's late editions
Seton Hall guards Greg Tynes and Nick Galis, hailed as the best backcourt combination in the East, scored 27 points apiece last night and led the Pirates to an 88-73 victory over a Catholic University basketball team that had no player to match their quickness.
But, in the home court defeat, CU coach Jack Kvancz could find solace in that his team regained its spunkiness and team play that disappeared in a 65-53 home loss to St. Francis (Pa.) on Saturday night. Kavancz provided the impetus by benching three starters.
"It was just for a shakeup," Kavancz said about center Keviziwulski, forward Steve Dade and point guard Mike McNally all being on the bench when the game started. "It's tough when you break your butts game after game and lose.
"We're good players as a team. But we can't do it individually. If we can play like we did tonight, we're going to win some games. This was a long way from playing Towson State. It's not a W, but I've got to be happy. IF we had played like this, we're 3-1 now, instead of 1-3."Seton Hall was coming off an at-the-buzzer loss to nationally ranked providence on Saturday. And coach Bill Raftery's fear was that his Pirates would let CU steal this game. Seton Hall did not rebound well, but Tynes and Galis were more than enough to carry the Pirates through.
Tynes and Galis were using their quickness to break open for either layups or short jump shots, not to mention the defensive steals that led to four breakaway baskets by Galis, the lesser-known of the two guards. His point total was a career high.
And these percentage shots helped account for Seton Hall's 63 per cent accuracy from the field, including 11 of 15 by Tynes and 12 of 18 by Galis.
"They aren't a pretty backcourt, but they're the best backcourt in the East," said Kvancz. "I'm not trying to take anything away from Tynes, but Galis is my type of player. He's smooth; he's smart; he plays good defense and he doesn't miss."
No wonder Kvancz was so impressed.
After CU overcame a 21-8 deficit and tied the game at 27, Galis provided his third steal of the half off a McNally pass and fed Tynes for a pull-up jumper off the fast break and a 39-33 lead. Tynes added a driving layup at the buzzer and the Pirates took a 41-33 lead into intermission.
After seeing how inaccurate the CU shooters were in the first half, Raftery ordered a two-three zone defense in the second half, and the Pirates immediately opened a 10-point lead. Their advantage never fell below eight points the remainder of the game.
Catholic, which missed 14 of its first 17 shots, never really found its shooting eye and finished with 41.5 per cent accuracy, Dziwulski led his team with 20 points and Stan Cooper added 14.
Kvancz, now facing seven straight road games, said he was not certain whether he will make additional changes in his starting lineup Saturday night against Rider.