After last Wednesday's loss to the Butler Bulldogs, the Seton Hall Pirates were in need of a win to bounce back off the schneid. One week later, their search for that victory brought them to Washington D.C.
The reeling Georgetown Hoyas looked to play the role of spoilers on Wednesday night. But their hopes would be denied as the Pirates picked up a 74-62 victory to sweep the Hoyas in the season series and move to 18-7 on the year. Fueled by 22 points from Isaiah Whitehead as well as 18 from Khadeen Carrington and 17 from Desi Rodriguez, the Pirates are now 8-5 in the BIG EAST and one step closer to their first NCAA Tournament berth since 2006.
Whitehead's night was nowhere more successful than the 3-point line. The Brooklyn native dropped four 3-pointers down on the Hoyas on just five attempts, showing off tremendous range from a player who came in with a 3-point percentage of 36.1 percent, highest of any Pirate.
As a team The Hall shot a superb 53.8 percent, an unusually successful night for a team that on average shot 33.5 percent from the perimeter entering Wednesday night's matchup. Last time around against the Hoyas, the Pirates shot just 20.0 percent, so perhaps there were several adjustments made. Or the shots were just falling tonight in D.C.
Angel Delgado, white hot of late, was cooled off Wednesday night as the Dominican Republic native scored just seven points. That said, the reigning BIG EAST Freshman of the Year grabbed 11 boards - seven defensive - on the night against Georgetown, helping chip in on what was a successful night on the boards as they fell by just one board, 35-34 to the Hoyas.
Despite the losing effort, freshman center Jessie Govan exploded for 27 points and seven rebounds against the Pirates. Govan's performance was the brightest spot of the night for the Hoyas who have fallen to 14-13 and 7-7 in the BIG EAST.
It's evident that the Hoyas are playing in a lost season. Meanwhile, the Pirates' eyes are widening, as is the door to head back to the NCAA Tourney for the first time in a decade.