Seton Hall faced off against the Hawaii Warriors in the second game of the Pearl Harbor Invitational Monday night, and came away with a 68-57 victory.
Early on, it appeared that neither team would be able to grab the momentum, thanks to the fact that both teams combined for 20 first half turnovers. Whenever it seemed Hawaii was about to go on a run in the first half, the Hall responded. Thanks to two dunks in transition from Desi Rodriguez and a key corner three ball from Myles Powell, the Pirates were able to hold onto their momentum and the lead, heading into the locker room up 33-25.
The second half brought a bit of anguish to Seton Hall, as Desi Rodriguez took a hard knee to his thigh and it caused him to miss much of the half nursing it on the bench. While much of the team continued to struggle, the second half turned into the Khadeen Carrington Show.
Multiple times throughout the half, Carrington either hit a key three pointer, or pulled up for a jumper in key moments to bail the Pirates out of offensive slumps. Carrington lead the team in scoring with 19 points. Angel Delgado was in his usual form, as well, registering yet another double double with 16 points and 14 rebounds.
Despite coming in fairly heavy underdogs, Hawaii showed fight throughout most of the second half. The deficit was under 10 points throughout, but the Warriors simply wore out in the last five minutes.
The Pirates have one more game on the island, as they’ll take on the Ivan Rabb-led California Golden Bears on Tuesday night. Pip off is at 7 p.m. on Fox Sports 1.
This is the first time I have seen the Pearl Harbor Invitational and from what I can tell it is truly a very special experience for these teams to be playing in front of members of the United States military and their families, with that it also provides great national exposure for the schools represented in the Invitational.
Three things we learned
A Win is a Win BUT.........
It is time to put things bluntly, Hawaii is a bad team. Free throws, rotation on defense, motion on offense, bench production and turnovers. These are all things the Pirates need to work on, or they might have some issues against a much better California team.
One thing coach Kevin Willard has been stressing is that on defense there needs to be more production off of creating turnovers. Whether it was forced turnovers or errant Hawaii passes, the Pirates were able to score more points off of turnovers than off of field goals in the first half. This was shown through the Pirates impressive 13 steals.
Bloch Arena Is......
A crazy place to play. Maybe it was the annoying glare coming through the windows shining on the court or the moist and slippery floor, but both games in the Pearl Harbor Invitational were plagued with turnovers and poor shot percentage from all four teams who played Monday night.