Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Holloway's Latest Assist

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Holloway's Latest Assist

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DENVER - When Shaheen Holloway was a senior point guard at Seton Hall, the Pirates didn't throw a party for Selection Sunday.

Instead of watching in Walsh Gym with 1,400 of their fans, the way this year's edition of the Pirates did, Holloway and the rest of the team viewed the show from their locker room in the basement of Walsh.

"It was nothing big, just the players and coaches were down there," recalled Holloway, now a Seton Hall assistant coach. "It was business-like."

But as Holloway added, these are "different times. This is what everybody wants now, with social media and everything. If you don't do it like this, then people say you aren't doing it at all."

But one thing about the tournament hasn't changed since Holloway made it as a player in 2000.

"You've got to come out like every game is your last," Holloway said of his advice to the current players, who faced 11th-seeded Gonzaga in a first-round game of the Midwest regional at the Pepsi Center late Thursday night.

Holloway made sure Seton Hall's first game in the 2000 event wasn't its last, by driving coast to coast through a maze of players to bank in the game-winning shot with 1.9 seconds left in a 72-71 overtime victory over Oregon in Buffalo.

The Pirates reached the Sweet 16 that year, where they lost to Oklahoma State. They haven't made it past the first weekend of the tournament since then, and this year are making only their third appearance in the NCAAs since 2000.

"It means a lot," Holloway said of helping the Hall get back to the Dance. "This is my alma mater. I went here. It's kind of like my baby. I want to see it grow. I want to see it do well."

Holloway also has helped sophomore Isaiah Whitehead grow into the role of point guard this season.

Whitehead has 165 assists and 117 turnovers, after having 78 and 73, respectively, last year. …

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