Ranked no. 23 to start of the season, Seton Hall dominates the court against NJ teams Fairleigh Dickinson (90-68) and Monmouth University (75-65). Being the only team that has an active trio of 1, 000 point shooters in Division I, Khadeen Carrington, Angel Delgado and Desi Rodriguez, there is no surprise the pirates dominate.
With the Pirates leading (18-4) against Fairleigh the team was ready to achieve another win for Seton Hall. However, the Pirates got off to a steady start, but turned up the defense after the first media timeout. Trailing (12-7), The Hall went on a (7-0) run, aided by a trio of Knight turnovers, to take a (14-12) advantage with 12:27 left to play in the first half. Fairleigh Dickinson temporarily jumped back ahead, (15-14), but the Pirates took the lead for good with another (17-2) spurt, spurred by eight straight Rodriguez points. A free throw by Ismael Sanogo capped the run, and put The Hall on top, (31-17), with 8:11 to go before halftime.
Fairleigh Dickinson cut the Pirate lead to (38-26), but Seton Hall took off again, outscoring the Knights (9-2) over the final 3:25 of the first half to take a commanding (47-28) advantage into the break.
In the second half, the Knights cut the Pirate lead to 15 points, (55-40) with 14:36 to go, but The Hall responded with a 20-5 run over the next 5:35. A three-pointer by Cale capped the run, and put the game out of reach, (75-45). Cale had seven of his 12 points during the run alone.
To end the game, the Pirates advanced to a 22 pt. lead winning (90-68). Head Coach Kevin Willard who has been (7-0) on home openers has retained yet another win but also set the pace that will dictate the rest of the season for the pirates.
Returning back to the Rock on Sunday Seton Hall was to face off against the Hawks of Monmouth university which also marked a 10 year anniversary of the rivalry. The Hawks known for having one of the best sidelines in the country and coached by King Rice for seven seasons fell only a little short by a 10 point margin.
Sophomore Myles Powell scored a game-high of 18 points on the strength of four made three-pointers and senior Angel Delgado notched a double-double. To start (11-8), Khadeen Carrington had steals on back-to-back Monmouth possessions, and converted them into breakaway baskets both times to give the Pirates their first lead, (12-11), with 14:12 remaining in the first half. Although Monmouth’s three-point shooting kept them close early, Seton Hall’s long-distance shooting late in the first half provided the difference. Leading (26-25), The Hall scored 11 unanswered points, highlighted by three’s from Powell on back-to-back possessions, and capped by a three-pointer from Desi Rodriguez to give it a 37-25 advantage with 4:45 left to play in the first half.
Seton Hall (2-0) kept up the pressure in the waning moments of the first half as good interior passing led to a dunk by Michael Nzei with 1:35 to go.
After a Monmouth missed jumper, Eron Gordon grabbed the long rebound and found Rodriguez streaking up the floor. Rodriguez then dumped the ball inside to Delgado for a thunderous dunk to send the Pirates into the break with a (48-32) lead.
The Pirates kept up the pressure early in the second half, and twice ballooned their lead to 20 points. A three-point play by Rodriguez with 13:16 remaining in the game put The Hall up (60-40).
To follow the game Sunday, Monmouth coach King Rice remarked on how well both teams played and what an experience for his team as they faced off against Kevin’s starters the whole game. King also noted he was impressed by some of the players specific Myles Powell “who should have his own calendar” and their transformation under Kevin’s coaching. Willard also made a mention that he was pleased with the way the pirates came out. “Playing New Jersey teams is like everyday is the super bowl” said Willard referring to the intensity of these match ups and what it is like going in and coming out with a win.
Seton Hall now has only little time to rest before they play NCAA Big Ten school Indiana (1-1) Tuesday, November 15 at 6:30 in the Prudential Center. The Pirates are ready to dominate yet another team and looking for a win.
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