The Seton Hall Pirates will walk out of Iowa City just as they entered: Unblemished and without a tally in the loss column, as they handled their business and defeated the Iowa Hawkeyes 91-83 in the seventh game of eight in the 2016 edition of the Gavitt Games.
The Pirates were led by freshman Myles Powell who dropped 26 points on the night. Looking cool, calm and collected, Powell was especially great from the 3-point line where he went 5-for-7.
As a team, the Pirates shot the ball extremely well from long range as they amassed a mark of 8-for-17 on the night as they took it to Iowa’s perimeter defense.
Two other Pirates joined Powell with 20-plus points as Khadeen Carrington and Desi Rodriguez chipped in 20 and 25 points respectively. No other Pirate was able to get into double figures but they were still able to amass over 90 points for the second time this season.
What we learned
Myles Powell is a stud
How’s that for a coming out party?
Freshman Myles Powell had his best outing to date on Thursday night in Iowa City. Powell scored 26 points, a team-high on the night, chipped in a board and two steals as well in 25 minutes of action. Powell did all this while shooting a crisp 9-for-14 from the field, 5-for-7 from the 3-point line and 3-for-3 from the free throw line.
That’s one way to announce your presence.
Iowa will give other teams fits
Despite the end result, the Hawkeyes proved Thursday night why they should not be taken lightly. With Peter Jok leading the way with a game-high 30 points, Iowa should be a threat yet again in the Big Ten to those trying to get to the top of the conference. True freshman Tyler Cook looked impressive as well as he scored 24 points on the night. It’s hardly easy to go on the road and win, especially against a team like the Hawkeyes.
But so will the Pirates
And yet, Seton Hall proved why they shouldn’t be taken lightly either. With their returnees playing well and their youngsters contributing at a high rate, coach Kevin Willard has himself quite an assembly of talent at his hands and should they maintain this high-caliber of play, they are going to be a threat in the conference and nationwide as well by the time it’s all done and dusted.