From the beginning of the game, you could tell Myles Powell was feeling it.
The Seton Hall guard sank three shots before the first media timeout to nab eight of the Pirates first ten points in the 82-75 victory over Grand Canyon Thursday evening in California.
The Myles Powell show didn’t stop there, though, as he continued to be a matchup nightmare for the Antelopes, going into the half with 21 points.
The rest of the Pirates, however, didn’t quite share Powell’s offensive prowess as the team had just 43 points in the first half and went into the locker room with a 43-40 lead.
The second half was more of the same: Powell taking control and everyone following him. It’s a fine strategy for the Pirates that has proven to work in the past, and if it ain’t broke you shouldn’t fix it. Taurean Thompson also emerged at a great time for Seton Hall, finishing the game with 12 points, eight of which came in the second half.
To their credit, the Antelopes hung around all night. Led by Damari Milstead’s 21 points and Alessandro Lever’s 20 points, Grand Canyon led with 70 seconds to go before Powell hit a three, the Pirates got a stop, Quincy McKnight hit a pair of free throws, Powell hit a layup, and the game wrapped up.
Seton Hall will need to get things a little more balanced on offense, but career nights from star players are sometimes all it takes to pick up a victory.
The Pirates are back in action Friday night at 11:30 p.m. ET against either Hawaii or Utah.