Desi Rodriguez’s layup with 10 seconds to play pushed Seton Hall over South Carolina in the nightcap of the inaugural Under Armour Reunion.
The win props the Pirates up to 8-2 on the year and upticks their win streak to four following their loss to Stanford back on November 27. Their victory Monday night also pushes their win streak at Madison Square Garden up to four, with the other three coming during their memorable run to a Big East Tournament title last March.
At the site of that championship victory, the Pirates struggled mightily on offense. On the night, The Hall shot merely 34.5 percent from the field and 25 percent from 3-point land. Their foe didn’t fare too much better either however. While they did outshoot them, South Carolina still shot just 38.6 percent and 31.3 percent from the 3-point line.
Offense was far from the name of the game even though the Pirates were able to scrap together four double-figure performances. Khadeen Carrington led the way with 21 points, while the hero Rodriguez scored 16. Angel Delgado and Myles Powell added 13 and 11 on their own as Delgado recorded yet another double-double as well with 12 rebounds to his credit.
What we learned:
Seton Hall’s remains in a struggle
The Pirates offense isn’t lighting up the scoreboard and it continues to be a persistent issue for them of late. In their past five games they have scored 52, 95, 68, 60 and the 67 points scored tonight. The 95 is gaudy of course but aside from that, they’ve yet to even get past the 70-point mark. This is a far cry from how they opened the year with point totals of 91, 82, 91, 76 and 90. They will have to get it together quickly because the competition only gets stiffer from here.
Angel Delgado remains a double-double machine
What is there to say aside from what’s been already said? Delgado has been a stud since he stepped on campus and he continues to look like a Big East Player of the Year candidate in the non-Josh Hart division. The Big East will have to watch out for him when conference play starts, but at this point, the only thing that may be able to stop Angel Delgado is Angel Delgado himself.
The Pirates got through their toughest test before conference play
No disrespect to Delaware and Rutgers, but South Carolina is certifiably the best team the Pirates will face before their Big East opener against Creighton. Seton hall checks in at 8-2 now and with two wins over teams they should beat, they will stand at 10-2 entering conference play which puts them in very good position to say the least. Even with their struggles, all wins count the same in the end. And the Pirates will likely be thankful by year’s end that they were able to escape NYC with a win on Monday night.