Having been defeated by the St. John's Red Storm, the Wagner Seahawks crossed the Hudson River to meet the Seton Hall Pirates on Sunday afternoon at Walsh Gymnasium in South Orange.
The results remained the same despite the crossing of the border to New Jersey as Seton Hall took care of business, winning by the score of 69-59. The win pushes Seton Hall to a 2-0 start on the year and they turn their attention now to the 2015 Charleston Classic which will begin later this week.
Here are three things we learned from this matchup.
1. Isaiah Whitehead is flashing the skills that made him such a hyped up prospect.
The Brooklyn, New York native followed up his 18-point performance on Friday against Dartmouth with another stellar showing on Sunday afternoon. The sophomore guard matched the total he had against the Big Green, shooting 5-for-11 from the field and 6-for-6 from the free throw line. He was not nearly as active on the rebounding end, coming away with just three, and only three assists but he was all over the place for the Pirates against the Seahawks. It's early in the year, but it's starting to become apparent that the traits that are showcasing themselves early on in the 2015 campaign are exactly the ones that made Whitehead so hyped up coming out of high school.
2. Seton Hall must do at taking care of the basketball
In the first game of the year, Seton Hall's turnover percentage was a staggering 26.8 percent. That did not improve much on Sunday as the Pirates committed 23 turnovers against Wagner. The Pirates were able to escape with a victory on Sunday but it nearly costs them as Wagner chipped away every now and then in the latter portion of the second half. Kevin Willard and the team will have to put a much bigger emphasis on taking care of the basketball going forward because, to state the obvious, it can and will cost them in the future if it does not level out.
3. Angel Delgado gave the Pirates quite a bit of a scare, but rebounded nicely.
Sophomore power forward Angel Delgado was downed with an apparent left leg injury that caused a hush to fall over the Walsh Gymnasium crowd. Fortunately for Seton Hall fans and his fellow Pirate players, Delgado was able to return to the game and showed no signs of any apparent hinderances. The big man was not all that efficient - 3-for-7 on the day - but finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds as the double-double machine netted yet another in his so far short career in the Garden State.