Coming into this week, the lone unbeaten teams in the Big East Conference are the Villanova Wildcats and the Seton Hall Pirates. While Villanova will be playing tomorrow against Big 5 opponent LaSalle, the Pirates tried their luck to remain unbeaten on Tuesday night in Newark, New Jersey. Up against The Hall were the Mount St. Mary Mountaineers, and despite a terrific effort, their expedition into The Garden State did not go so kindly.
Lockdown defense and a big time effort from the offense, with four Pirates netting double figures on the night, gave way to a big win for The Hall on Tuesday night as Seton Hall defeated Mount St. Mary's 78-55. Forward Angel Delgado's 13-point, nine-rebound, and two-block effort led the charge as Seton Hall picked up their sixth win of the season.
The Pirates remain undefeated and will now look towards taking on their fellow New Jersey peer this weekend. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights well venture into "The Rock" Saturday afternoon at High Noon.
3 Things We Learned
1. The Seton Hall defense is still stifling. Much has been said about the Seton Hall defense so far this season. Coming into tonight, they had allowed one of the lowest eFG% marks in the entire Big East Conference. That continued on Tuesday night when they squared off with the Mountaineers. They omitted just 55 points, and an eFG% of 41.8 percent. That mark continues to trend downward for the Pirates, and that's very good news for them in a conference that's still lacking a firm, defensive identity.
2. Isaiah Whitehead's improvement continues on. The hullabaloo near the Hudson has been all about what Isaiah Whitehead will bring to the table this coming year. In his first few games of the season, he's been skittish, but after a series of good outings prior to Tuesday, he added yet another against Mount St. Mary's. The freshman guard dropped 12 points on the night, shooting 4-for-7 from the field. He'd diversify his game, adding three rebounds, two assists and two steals as well. And a block too, for good measure. His turnover numbers were up in the first half (3) but thanks to the gap widening in the margin of victory, it remained there for the rest of the game.
3. The Hall's offense was nothing if not terrific. Sure, Mount St. Mary's might not have the greatest defense in the world. But when you have four players get into double figures, with one other coming just a point shy of the mark, you're doing something right. Whitehead, Sterling Gibbs, Khadeen Carrington and Angel Delgado finished with 12, 11, 16 and 13 points, while Jaren Sina finished just a hair shy, at nine points. All in all, with sparking efficiency (67.6 eFG%, 68.8 TS%) leading the way, this was a darn good night for the Pirates offense.