The run is over.
After a four-year stretch which saw the program soar to heights not seen in years, the run has come to an end for the Seton Hall Pirates. Its last breath came in Wichita, where The Hall ran into the 1-seeded Kansas Jayhawks. After a back-and-forth tussle, in which the Pirates showed a lot of heart, they ultimately fell to the Jayhawks 83-79. Their season is over in the Round of 32, and things will be forever different next season and beyond.
The Pirates jostled with the Jayhawks for a majority of the contest. Even in the final minutes, Seton Hall refused to go down quietly. Eventually, though, the shooting of KU overwhelmed them. The Jayhawks shot 66.7 percent from 3-point land in the second half and 60 percent on 25 attempts from the field. They were also 16-of-19 from the free throw line, a mark that past the 7-of-10 mark their opponents had.
Malik Newman was on fire, as he put up 28 points, a mark that tied the game-high with Khadeen Carrington. Svi Mykhailiuk was also clutch down the stretch, and he put up 16 points in 36 minutes. Lagerald Vick added 13 points of his own while Udoka Azubuike, even while he wasn’t healthy, put up 10.
Angel Delgado, the star of the show, may have saved his best performance for last. Delgado scored 24 points and pulled down 23 rebounds. It’s the first 20-20 game in the NCAA Tournament in six years. Not since Tyler Zeller put up 20 and 22 against the Ohio Bobcats had the Tourney seen quite a performance. But, Delgado was just that damn good. He even drew serious amounts of praise from the opposing head coach.
Khadeen Carrington had a sensational second half of play. Carrington went off for 26 points on a mark of 9-of-11 from the field and 5-of-6 from the 3-point line. Mind you, he finished with... 28 points. So, 26 of his 28 points were scored in the second half. That’s a hell of an effort, to say the least.
Myles Powell was the other Pirate to get into double figures. He wasn’t super efficient (5-15 FG, 4-10 3PT FG) but he still racked up 14 points.
Seton Hall will certainly look a lot different next year, with Delgado, Carrington, Desi Rodriguez and Ismael Sanogo all departing. Myles Powell figures to be the center of attention alongside a few solid role players, but this run of success will be hard to match again. Whatever the case, it’s been quite a run. But as they say, all good things must come to an end someday.