Heading into today’s affair against the Seton Hall Pirates, a win for the St. John’s Red Storm would have pulled them to a mark of .500 in Big East play and also would have brought them to 10 wins on the season. A mark like that would have been a breath of fresh air for Chris Mullin and his young team.
At the end of 40 minutes on action on the floor of the Prudential Center, these feats would have to be put on hold for now, as the Pirates were able to navigate their ship with ease through the gale of St. John’s play, sailing into port to the tune of an 86-73 win for Kevin Willard and his team.
For much of today’s game it was about the play of Seton Hall, who improved to 13-6 on the season and 3-4 in Big East play. They played close in the early minutes of the game, before blowing the doors off the St. John’s thanks in part to effective ball movement by the Pirates and the Red Storm wasting away most of their opportunities with the ball.
The focal point for the Pirates was the play of Angel Delgado, who finished the day with 21 points and a mind boggling 20 rebounds. The astonishing fact of Delgado’s rebound total is that he outrebounded four of St. John’s five starters, combined.. That’s right, he was only two rebounds short of matching the grand total of 22 rebounds by St. John’s starters.
Naturally, Delgado could not do it alone. Myles Powell finished second in scoring with mark of 19 points in 21 minutes of action. Khadeen Carrington posted 10 points, but his main point of action for the Pirates was a game leading eight assists. Desi Rodriguez finished the day with 11 points. He had to leave the game with 10 minutes remaining in the second half after taking a knock, but he returned shortly after.
As a team, Seton Hall shot the ball at a rate of 52% from the floor, 38% from three point range, and 56% from the free throw line. They won the battle on the boards with 45 rebounds to St. John’s 33 rebounds. The Pirates scored 33 of their 86 points off of the bench and 46 points came off on the fast break. Oddly enough, they committed more turnovers than St. John’s with 14 turnovers to St. John’s nine turnovers. The Pirates did have their share of foul trouble with Michael Nzei fouling out and Madison Jones ending his day with four fouls.
As for St. John’s, it was a day not worth remembering as Chris Mullin’s side sputtered on offense. It was apparent early on that St. John’s were trying to establish the three pointer in this game, but to no avail as the shots were not falling. Without one of their offensive cornerstones, the Johnnies were left searching for other options. In the end, they found themselves treading to get back in the game. There were some bright spots for St. John’s as Marcus LoVett finished the day with a game high 22 points on 9-of-17 shooting. His efforts were followed up with those of Bashir Amed who posted a mark of 19 points on 6-of-13 shooting and a team leading seven rebounds. The Johnnies had a fair share of foul trouble this game, with four players finishing with four fouls each.
As a team, St. John’s shot the ball at a rate of 42% from the floor, 31% from three point range, and 70% from the foul line. Another high mark for St. John’s was points off of turnovers, with St. John’s scoring 21 points compared to Seton Hall’s 11.
With this loss St. John’s moves to 9-12 on the season and 3-5 in Big East play. On another note, at the start of today’s broadcast it was mentioned that Chris Mullin had never lost to Seton Hall in his playing career. Finishing with a mark of eight wins against the Pirates. As a coach, he is 0-3 at the moment against the Pirates.
How facts and fortunes have changed.