Brian Oliver, Men's Basketball
The Seton Hall men's basketball team closed out non-conference play with a 60-59 victory over visiting Stony Brook last week, improving to 11-2 on the year heading into BIG EAST competition.
With the win, the Pirates completed non-league action with an unblemished home record for the second straight season, a run that includes 15 consecutive wins in such games.
Junior Brian Oliver (Glassboro, N.J.) delivered his most prolific performance of 2012 in the finale, pouring in a season-high 20 points to lead SHU on the night. Despite battling flu-like symptoms, Oliver was lights out from downtown in the first half, matching his career-high with six three-pointers made.
With the impressive effort, the Glassboro native vaulted into the top-15 in the conference in three-pointers made (22) and is averaging just below two makes from behind the arc per contest. He also earned a spot on the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll for the first time this season.
The 6-foot-6 forward has added another outside threat for a Seton Hall team that entered league play ranked first in the conference in three-pointers made (112), averaging more than a full make per game more than the next closest competitor. The league-leading mark has not come at the expense of offensive efficiency however, as the Pirates shot 38.2 percent from long range against non-conference foes, the second-highest conversion rate in the BIG EAST.
In his first few months of action in a Seton Hall uniform, the Georgia Tech transfer has proven to be a versatile weapon for head coach Kevin Willard. Oliver closed the out-of-conference portion of the schedule ranked first on the team in free-throw percentage, second in three-pointers made and fourth in total points, rebounds and steals despite averaging the seventh-most minutes per game.
For leading SHU in a victory over Stony Brook and earning a spot on the BIG EAST Honor Roll, Brian Oliver is the first SHUPirates.com Athlete of the Week in 2013.