The Seton Hall Pirates improved to 2-0 with their 82-58 victory over the Central Connecticut Blue Devils.
The Pirates, who saw their 2016 Big East Tournament banner be raised to the rafters of the Prudential Center, raised their game and emphatically won a game in which they led 26-4 at one point. “Dominate” might even be an understatement as Seton Hall shot a cool 50.9 percent from the field.
Khadeen Carrington led the way with 18 points on a 6-for-8 day from the field. Carrington also shot 4-for-4 from the 3-point line and 2-for-2 from the free throw line. Desi Rodriguez, Angel Delgado and freshman Myles Powell joined Carrington in double figures with 12, 14 and 13 points respectively.
3 things we learned
1. Khadeen Carrington’s brought a 3-point shot with him to the start of the season: Carrington has been mired in 3-point struggles in his first two years of college ball. In his freshman year, he shot just 28 percent. Last year, he made an improvement, but it was only to 33 percent. So to suggest he was a liability from deep would probably be an accurate assessment. However, he seems to have acquired a stroke this time around. Carrington was a perfect 4-for-4 from the 3-point line on Sunday afternoon, which puts him up to 9-for-10 on the year entirely. While he won’t shoot 90 percent all season, that he’s showing off a 3-point stroke is strong positive for Seton Hall going forward.
2. Angel Delgado remains a double-double machine: In the preview for the game, I said that it would probably be easy pickens for Angel Delgado to get a double-double due to the lack of size on Central Connecticut’s behalf. Delgado affirmed that notion on Sunday afternoon as he scored 14 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in 25 minutes of action. It’s the second of what should be many double-doubles of this season after he scored 22 and grabbed 14 boards in the win over Fairleigh Dickinson on Friday. Additionally, it’s the 25th double-double of his college career after having 10 and 13 in his first two years.
3. We’re still gonna learn lots more in their game vs. Iowa: So yes, it’s okay to be positive after starting off 2-0. But, Seton Hall has played Fairleigh Dickinson and Central Connecticut, who might be one of the worst teams in Division 1. The looming game against Iowa -- as part of the second-annual Gavitt Games -- will tell us lots more about this Seton Hall team in the early stages of this season. Doubly so with the game being out in Iowa City. Nonetheless, it’s been a fun start, and Seton Hall is looking good even without the presence of their best player from a year ago.