The men’s basketball team started its 2012 season with a blowout loss to the Seton Hall Pirates 75-36 at South Orange, N.J.
The Roos shot 15-for-48 from the field and 3-for-15 from the free-throw line. They also committed 20 turnovers, 5 by reserve guard Thomas Staton. The Pirates converted those 20 turnovers into 30 points.
The Roos had only 6 assists, 4 of which came from sophomore starting point guard Estan Tyler.
Junior Fred Chatmon, healthy again after missing several games last season and the entire 2010 season, led the team with 9 points off the bench. He also led the team with 8 rebounds while playing 18 minutes. The Pirates were led by Fuquan Edwin’s 16 points.
The Roos trailed 34-22 at halftime. Junior Kirk Korver and Tyler led the team with 6 points each in the first half, where the Roos only shot 33.3 to the Pirates’ 52.4. Poor shooting and turnovers ultimately doomed the Roos.
Trinity Hall, who led the team last season with 10 points per game, disappointed with 1-for-5 from the field and 1-for-5 from the free throw line. He finished with only 3 points and 1 rebound in 21 minutes.
The Roos were also outrebounded 44-28. Besdies Chatmon, Junior Nate Rogers was the only player on the team with more than 5 rebounds.
The game was part of the 2012 Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament. The Pirates play in the Big East Conference and were picked to finish 14th in a conference preseason poll. The Roos were predicted to finish 7th in the Summit League.
The Roos, who won only two road games last season, open their home schedule Nov. 13 at Swinney Recreation Center, against Division II Lincoln University (Mo.).