Things started off innocently enough in this one, with Seton Hall and Creighton trading off baskets for the first four minutes. It appeared as if Seton Hall was allowing Creighton point guard an extra foot or so while guarding him, limiting his ability to drive and forcing him into jump shots. Meanwhile, Creighton's defense seems just a little slow on the uptake, having a difficult time with the Pirate's motion offense and having issues guarding the shooter on the wing.
Soon, the deficit began to grow for the Bluejays as the offense stalled at around the 12 minute mark. Watson couldn't hit, Zierden couldn't hit, the down-low paint game was nonexistent as Seton Hall was denying the post pass. Whitehead hit a clutch three as he lost Watson in the shuffle, and grew the Pirate lead to 6.
The Bluejay offense began clicking after the media timeout, making their next three tries but allowed the Pirates to keep pace. At the 8:51 mark it was 19-16 Pirates.
Malik Albert then did this:
The back and forth affair continued, with Angel Delgado lighting it up in the paint to the tune of 11 points. The Bluejay offense seemed unable to get into their proper gear. During the final media timeout of the half, Coach McDermott pulled Mo Watson aside and seemed to give him some words of reassurance. I'm assuming the conversation was light, a pep talk of sorts. Or perhaps they were exchanging tortellini recipes for the cookoff next week.
At the end of the half, Seton Hall holds a 13 point lead, 40-27.