POSTGAME - Liberty vs. Seton Hall

POSTGAME NOTES

Liberty vs. Seton Hall

Dec. 29, 2006

- In the first half, Seton Hall had 12 steals led by Paul Gause's four and Jamar Nutter's three.

- Seton Hall forced 14 Liberty turnovers in the first half.

- Seton Hall's largest run of the game was 10-2 and came in the first half. The largest lead of the game was 17 when Seton Hall was up 50-33 with 18:00 left in the second half.

- Liberty put together a 20-6 run to cut Seton Hall's lead to five in the first 10 minutes of the second half.

- Liberty tied the game for the first time at 65 with 6:52 left in the second half.

- In the last two minutes of the game Seton Hall scored on all five of its possessions.

- Seton Hall's Brian Laing had his second consecutive double-double and fourth of the season with 23 points and 11 rebounds.

- Liberty's Alex McLean had his third straight double-double and sixth of the season contributing 13 points and 15 boards.

- Liberty's Larry Blair has now scored in double figures in 32 straight games and 45 of the last 46.

- Blair has also now scored at least 20 points in 42 of his 103 career games.

- Liberty's Dwight Brewington had a season-high 20 points.

POSTGAME QUOTES

Liberty Head Coach Randy Dunton:

"It was a valiant effort. We continue to grow as a team, and we showed a lot of maturity in the second half."

"I told our team in the locker room that this is not a moral victory. We had a chance to win and we didn't finish."

"I said before the game started that the key statistic of the game would be the assist-to-turnover ratio. We didn't do well in the first half with 14 turnovers, but we only had six in the second half."

"The final piece for us is the win. We just need to win. Oral Roberts is a team that we can beat tomorrow, and we're looking forward to the game."

"We had a great second-half performance but unfortunately not a win."

Seton Hall Head Coach Bobby Gonzalez:

"We were going zone most of the game, but we went zone the last three possessions and it paid off."

"Tonight we talked about going to war. It is better to be in a close game because it builds character."

"Guys really closed for us tonight. Paul (Gause) was spectacular."

"(Brian) Laing was a warrior tonight. I thought it was his most complete game of the year."

"I like it that we won a game in the 80's. We needed to win a high-scoring game. We needed to close, and we came through."