DePaul and Seton Hall have tipped off the Big East New Year's Tip-Off Marathon before the hour of Noon on the east coast. And after one half of play, both teams are knotted up at 34 points apiece.
Perimeter shooting plagued the Pirates in the first 20 minutes. Seton Hall shot just 2-for-14 from the 3-point line, good for a meager mark of 14.3 percent. It's a combination of defense from DePaul as well as Seton Hall just not having their shot this morning. You might expect that from a game that started prior to Noon eastern time. Then again, DePaul was crisp from the 3-point line, going 4-for-8, so Seton Hall's perimeter issues may fall squarely on their own accord.
Another focal point of the first half was the amount of turnovers. 18 in total were amassed from both teams with DePaul committing 10 of them. Both teams ended the half with Turnover %s greater than 20 percent, so it's safe to say that taking care of the basketball could and should be priority numero uno in the second half.
Neither team blazed the nets much. Seton Hall ended the first half scoring exactly 1.00 points per possession while DePaul posted a mark of .944.
Leading the charge for Seton Hall was Khadeen Carrington and Desi Rodriguez. Carrington and Rodriguez teamed up to score 14 points but shot just 6-for-15 from the field. Carrington's shooting woes hit him hard in the first half, going 3-for-9 from the field and 1-for-5 from the 3-point line. Rodriguez was 3-for-6 and 1-for-3 from the 3-point line, but missed two free throw attempts.
Surprisingly (read: unsurprisingly) Billy Garrett Jr. is making waves for DePaul. Garrett Jr. has 10 points at the end of the half, leading all scorers on both sides. He's 2-for-2 from the 3-point line and 2-for-3 from the free throw line and added three rebounds and assists to his line as well. Rashaun Stimage complemented Garrett Jr.'s efforts with eight points of his own and Myke Henry has redeemed himself as promised with six points and a perfect 3-for-3 mark from the field.