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Sterling Gibbs has Seton Hall Pirates in Top 25

NCAA Basketball: Mount St. Mary's at Seton Hall

The Seton Hall Pirates are ranked 24 in the country, and there is one main reason they are playing as well as they are, and his name is Sterling Gibbs, who dropped 30 points in an overtime loss to Butler in his last game. The junior from Scotch Plains, New Jersey, had a terrific game, shooting 6-9 from while shooting 56 percent overall. Against Butler in the first half Gibbs played pretty decent, contributing nine points to help take a 32-28 Seton Hall lead into the half. The second half is where Gibbs really shinned. With Seton Hall down 44-35 and 12:24 to go, Gibbs hit a big three to cut the lead down to six. Then Gibbs would score Seton Hall’s next seven points by hitting another three and scoring in the paint area, giving the Pirates a chance to win with the score now being 50-45. Those 10 points from Gibbs was an energy boaster needed for a team struggling on offense. Now 2:24 remained on the clock in the second half and Seton Hall was still down 62-55 until Gibbs struck again. Gibbs made one more three in the second half to cut the lead down 62-58. Teammates Kellen Dunham and Khadeen Carrington contributed as well, scoring 7 of the Pirates 9 points to send the game into overtime tied at 67.

In overtime Butler got up to a 71-67 lead. Gibbs kept the game close by shooting his last three of the night to cut Butler’s lead down to one. Seconds later Gibbs fouled out and Seton Hall lost the game 79-75. It was an incredible shooting performance by Gibbs. Butler had nobody who could stop him. From pull up jumpers to layups, Gibbs pretty much scored whenever he had the ball. He’s Seton Hall’s go to guy, averaging a little over 17 points per game. Gibbs journey to Seton Hall is a pretty interesting one. He originally played at the University of Texas as the backup point guard. Due to not getting enough playing time, he decided to transfer and play for his hometown Seton Hall Pirates. He would have to wait a year because of transfer regulations but it was definitely worth the wait. Gibbs has been getting good minutes as a starter and playing up to his potential. With his talent the Pirates have a shot at the Big East crown. They’ve had two impressive wins over St. John’s and Villanova where Gibbs had good games. Look for Gibbs in his next game against DePaul Jan. 22, 2o15 at the Prudential Center.

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