1) Stars shined for both teams
Isaiah Whitehead led the way for the Pirates with 18 points and nine assists as he continues to play well at the point guard position. His two free throws with 0.5 seconds finally put the game out of reach after DePaul continued to fight back. Angel Delgado picked up his seventh straight double-double as the sophomore had 12 points and 12 rebounds for The Hall. Khadeen Carrington made tough shots late and finished with 14 points and four assists.
For DePaul, Billy Garrett Jr. was fantastic as put together a 20 point, four rebound and eight assist afternoon to carry his team. Garrett was fouled while shooting a three with 0.6 seconds left with the Blue Demons down three and had a chance to tie the game at the line. However, he missed the first free throw. Garrett made the second and missed the third on purpose to try and give his team a chance at an offensive rebound, but he missed the rim. Seton Hall got the ball back and sealed the win with those Whitehead free throws. Myke Henry and Rashaun Stimage each had 15 points for DePaul. They combined for 15 rebounds and shot a combined 14-23 from the field, but it was not enough.
2) Pirates struggled from deep and the stripe
Seton Hall was able to hold on for the win despite missing some important free throws late in this game. Derrick Gordon and Delgado each missed a pair from the stripe in the final seconds. That gave DePaul an opportunity to tie the game, but those missed free throws from Garrett Jr. proved to be even more costly for the Blue Demons.
The Pirates shot 4-22 from deep as players like Carrington and Singh struggled from deep. Seton Hall went 16-27 from the charity stripe and were not able to put the Blue Demons away until very late on in this one. DePaul played solid defensively to make it tough on Seton Hall shooting the three, but those free throws need to fall. The Pirates, as a team, shot 65.9 percent from the stripe heading into this game. That must improve going forward.
3) Difference was in the paint
Once again, the Pirates took advantage of points in the paint and they needed to with the three-point shooting and free throw percentage low today. Seton Hall outscored DePaul 44-30 in points in the paint, despite being outrebounded 37-31 by DePaul. The Blue Demons rebounded much better in the second half and used 11 second chance points and 14 offensive rebounds to hang around in this game.
Ismael Sanogo's impact in the paint was felt once again. The sophomore had 10 points, five rebounds, two blocks and two steals. He contributed on both sides of the ball and continued to contest every shot inside the paint. Sanogo continues to show why he is one of the most improved players in the conference.
Desi Rodriguez played just 12 minutes and scored seven points all in the first half. The sophomore did not play at all in the second half. This was due in part, as it appears, to a benching that coach Kevin Willard issued out:
"I don't put up with attitudes." Kevin Willard on benching Desi Rodriguez. #hallin— Zach Braziller (@NYPost_Brazille) January 2, 2016
As far as Desi's status in Seton Hall's next game? Willard had this to say:
Kevin Willard said he hasn't decided if Desi Rodriguez will play Wednesday against Villanova. #hallin— Zach Braziller (@NYPost_Brazille) January 2, 2016
And per Jerry Carino, it appears that there isn't any dissension either.
My sense after working the locker room: The players have Willard's back on this one, 100 percent. Story coming.— Jerry Carino (@NJHoopsHaven) January 2, 2016