3. Al-Amir Dawes misses shots, Kadary Richmond plays well
Seton Hall needed performances out of their two star guards, Kadary Richmond and Al-Amir Dawes. However, only one-half of this pair was able to get offensive output going, with Dawes shooting 0-8 from the field and 0-4 from three.
Against a team like Baylor, your shooter needs to be present, and Dawes just did not have a good shooting night and those are going to happen with volume shooters. He faced a ton of heat after his poor performance, but he is a player who can get his confidence back quickly, and that should return against Rutgers on Dec. 9.
Richmond was the star of the show in a bleak performance for Seton Hall as he put up 18 points, six assists, and four rebounds. He also had an efficient night with an 8-13 shooting clip for the Seton Hall Pirates.
In a game where Seton Hall struggled to keep up with the speed and defensive rotations of Baylor, Richmond was able to find some holes in the defense and get his scoring in. Despite the scoring effort, this team was constantly playing this battle of having to catch up against a great Baylor team.
The lack of Dawes’ shooting forces Richmond or even Dre Davis who played well, to have to carry the offensive load. This does not work against strong Big 12 opponents who are very well-rounded and have options all throughout their lineup to step up when their stars have rough scoring nights.
Seton Hall will need the players around them to become reliable scoring options quickly, and do more than they were expected to heading into the season. Look for Isaiah Coleman, Jaquan Sanders, or David Tubek once he gets his role increased to become one of those guys.