Third Game in Week Brings 1st Loss

The third game of opening week in NCAA Basketball left FDU with its first loss, a 89-55 thumping at Seton Hall Saturday in a New Jersey men’s Division I basketball rivalry.

The Hall has won 21 of 26 meetings with FDU and remains undefeated at 2-0 after beating St. Peter’s in its season opener.

The Knights traveled to the historic Walsh Gymnasium on the Seton Hall campus with a 2-0 worksheet and 99.5 scoring average, tied for No. 40 in D-1 after winning at Buffalo Monday, then beating Penn State Brandywine, a Division III competitor, at home Wednesday.

Seton Hall led from the opening basket and held the Knights to a little over half of their 99.5 points a game scoring average.

Terrance Brown, a 6-3 freshman point guard from Minneapolis, scored 10 points to lead the Knights on a day when they could not connect from the three-point line. After hitting a program record 19 threes against Brandywine, FDU went 5-for-31 from deep against Seton Hall.

Wednesday, FDU will have its first televised non-conference home game on the YES Network against St. Peter’s at 7 p.m. The Peacocks are 1-1, beating NJIT 75-48 Saturday. The game is part of a ground-breaking 8-game package for FDU.

Jack Castleberry FDU’s first-year head coach, has captured metro area media attention as The New York Post wrote about the odd jobs he held in his career journey to the head coach position, including a stint as an Uber driver and time in the financial industry.  On Sunday, published a profile of the coach after the Seton Hall game.

On Monday, FDU sophomore forward Jo’el Emanuel earned the season’s first Northeast Conference player-of-the-week honors.