If you only watched the first ten minutes of this game and then turned it off to go do something else, you likely would have a very different view of both of these teams.
The Fairleigh Dickinson Knights gave the Seton Hall Pirates an early scare, as they led 17-16 with 11 minutes left in the first half. As is often the case in early season college basketball, though, talent won out en route to Seton Hall’s 90-68 win.
This is Seton Hall’s sixth straight season-opening victory under Kevin Willard. The Pirates lost Willard’s first season opener, 62-56 to Temple, but have won every one since, including two in a row against Fairleigh Dickinson.
Desi Rodriguez led the Pirates with 17 points, and was one of four Seton Hall players to score in double figures along with Myles Cale (12), Myles Powell (10), and Angel Delgado (10).
Delgado also had 10 rebounds to record his 50th career double-double.
Khadeen Carrington looked adequate at point guard. While he only scored eight points, he had six assists and just one turnover.
For the Knights, who were without leading returning scorer Darien Anderson (day to day), Darnell Edge and Mike Holloway each had 13 points.
Seton Hall will face Monmouth Sunday afternoon at the Prudential Center.