Can you say his last name? No? That’s alright. Most people can’t. But regardless of that, the sophomore forward is taking a giant leap ahead for the Seton Hall Pirates this season, and the latest proof of that came in Tuesday night’s 77-57 win over the New Hampshire Wildcats.
Mamukelashvili recorded his first career double-double, netting 14 points and grabbing a game-high 11 rebounds for the Pirates, who were without big men Taurean Thompson (ankle) and Romaro Gill (DNP-CD).
Aside from Mamukelashvili, Seton Hall got a balanced scoring attack from all five starters, as all five recorded double digits. Quincy McKnight recorded a season-high 18, Myles Cale had a career-high 14, Michael Nezi had 11, and Myles Powell had 10.
It was a solid defensive performance for the Pirates against the overmatched Wildcats. Seton Hall held New Hampshire to 37% from the field, and forced 16 Wildcat turnovers, which the Pirates turned into 15 points.
Next up for the Pirates (5-3) are the Kentucky Wildcats on Saturday at Madison Square Garden.