At the Prudential Center on Wednesday night in Newark, the Seton Hall Pirates defeated Indiana for the Big East’s first win over a Big Ten team in the ‘Gavitt Games,’ the Big 10 currently leads the series 2-1.
Action got underway as Seton Hall started off with a quick 10-2 lead six minutes into the game. Indiana would battle back and the first half was full of up-tempo, back and forth action. Indiana took their first lead of the game on two Juwan Morgan made free throws with, making it 30-29 with 2:15 left in the first half. The Pirates took a 33-32 lead into the locker room at half. One key stat to the first half was that Indiana scored 19 points off of Seton Hall turnovers.
Angel Delgado took the game over in the second half. Delgado scored the first six points of the second half for Seton Hall guiding The Pirates to a 40-34 lead. What hurt Indiana early on in the second half was foul trouble, as early as 5:30 into the second half The Hoosiers had committed six fouls and were in the bonus.
From there on out the Pirates dominated the game, as four Pirates scored in double digits. Seton Hall’s Desi Rodriguez lead all scorers with 23 points, while Devonte Green lead Indiana off the bench with 16 points.
Seton Hall moves to 3-0 and hosts NJIT Saturday afternoon at the Prudential Center, while Indiana falls to 1-2 and will host South Florida on Sunday.
Things We Learned
Don’t Sleep on Indiana Yet...
Coming into this game Indiana was being doubted by many people after their first two games. The Hoosiers still have a long way to go, and still most likely be playing to make the NIT and not the NCAA tournament. However, Archie Miller had his team prepared to battle tonight.
Indiana went down 10-2 early and fought back. Every time in the first half Seton Hall would extend the lead to around 10 points, The Hoosiers were able to take advantage of Pirate mistakes and cut back into the lead every time ultimately taking the a lead at the end of the first half. In a year where the middle pack of the Big 10 is not particularly strong, Indiana may have an opportunity to pick up some decent wins as this team continues to adjust under Miller.
Seton Hall’s veterans played like veterans
Going into halftime only up by one, the question for this Seton Hall team was, how would they respond? Simply put, the Pirates responded perfectly going on a 20-5 run at one point to put the game out of reach. Angel Delgado finished the game with his 53rd career double double with 19 points and 11 rebounds. The 20-5 run by the Pirates demonstrated their maturity of not letting pressure get to them lead by the four seniors.
Khadeen Carrington is handling the transition to point guard well...
One major question for Seton Hall coming into this season was, will Khadeen Carrington make a successful transition from shooting guard to point guard? Over the first three games the answer is yes, Carrington has been solid at the one guard.
Tonight was really the first test in a big game situation for Carrington at guard and he impressed with 17 points, 5 assists and committed 3 turnovers. What was impressive even more was when Carrington looked out of control in the first half, he was able to redeem composure and recollect the offense and get the Pirates back on track.