If you’ve been watching the Big East long enough, you know that teams like Villanova and Butler are successful because they have multiple players who contribute and put out double-digit scoring performances game in and game out.
Saturday afternoon in Rosemont, the Seton Hall Pirates had such a performance as four players had at least 15 points in the Hall’s 82-79 win over the DePaul Blue Demons. Desi Rodriguez led the Pirates with 19, Khadeen Carrington had 18, Angel Delgado had 16, and Myles Powell had 15. You may have noticed Ish Sanogo wasn’t listed. Sanogo recorded just four points before leaving the game midway through the first half with an apparent ankle injury. He didn’t return.
After trailing by as many as 20 points in the second half, DePaul, led by Billy Garrett’s game-high 26 points mounted a furious comeback which saw them trailing by just one point with 20 seconds to go. After Carrington converted a pair of free throws, DePaul was in need of a three. However, Garrett dribbled into a trap and threw the ball away to Powell, thus ending the Blue Demons’ comeback attempt. Eli Cain had 21 points before fouling out late in the second half, and Tre’Darius McCallum had 15.
For Seton Hall, this is a simple case of road games being incredibly tough in conference play. Survive and advance is the name of the game, and that’s what the Pirates did.
For DePaul, it’s yet another close but no cigar loss. The Blue Demons now have lost to Villanova, Butler, Georgetown, and Seton Hall by a total of 10 points.
Seton Hall will return to Newark on Tuesday night and close out their Prudential Center season against the Georgetown Hoyas, while the Blue Demons are headed to Providence to look to complete a season sweep of the Friars.