After coming out of a 14 day quarantine earlier this week and only being able to practice a handful of times, the Seton Hall Pirates played their first game of the college basketball season Saturday against the Louisville Cardinals in the Wade Houston Tip-Off classic.
The Pirates and Cardinals traded blows in the first half. Only 14 minutes into the the 2020-21 college basketball season, Seton Hall’s highly touted point guard, Byrce Aiken went down with a sprained ankle. The Pirates managed to push forward and tie the game at the half, but paid a price. At the half, sophomore Tyrese Samuel had three fouls, and junior Ike Obiagu also had three fouls.
Coming out of the half Seton Hall got off to an awful start, shooting 11.1 percent and missing 16 of its 18 FG attempts. Then the Pirates managed to mount a 11-0 run and the game was tied a 62 with 3:34 in the game.
This game ultimately came down to the end. Louisville’s JJ Traynor had a huge putback that put the Cardinals ahead 69-68 with 12.1 seconds left in the game. Seton Hall then drove back down the floor, but Louisville managed to stop them and Seton Hall was forced to foul. The Cardinals drilled both free throws and where ahead 71-68. With just .7 seconds left, Seton Hall’s Takal Molson managed to draw a foul when shooting a three-pointer. Molson would end up making his first two free throws, but would miss the third.
This was a heartbreaking loss for the Pirates, but showed that the Pirates have some really good talent this season. Seton Hall will head to Rhode Island on December 2nd in hopes of improving to 1-1.