The 12th-ranked Seton Hall Pirates would not be denied on Tuesday night.
In front of students and fans who packed Walsh Gymnasium on the SHU campus, the Pirates cruised to a 105-71 win over the visiting Wagner Seahawks.
Myles Powell was the star of the show to nobody’s surprise. The celebrated senior guard dropped 27 points in his 2019 debut, getting to that mark on just 13 shots from the field. Powell went an impressive 9-for-11 from the free throw line, made seven shots from the floor in total and was 4-for-9 from the 3-point line. His four triples were the most of anyone on the Pirates and matched Wagner’s Tyrone Nesby IV for the most in the game.
Perhaps the most surprising performance came from Ike Obiagu. Obiagu scored 11 points and didn’t miss a shot from the floor, going 4-for-4 and then 3-for-3 from the free throw line. He was nothing if not prodigious in his first official game following his transfer from FSU last year.
Joining Powell and Obiagu in double figures were Jared Rhoden (12), Sandro Mamukelashvili (11) and Quincy McKnight (10). McKnight led in assists with seven and Mamukelashvili led in rebounds with five. Shavar Reynolds and Romaro Gill each came close, as Reynolds scored nine points while Gill added eight.
This game was seldom ever really close. There were no lead changes, as Seton Hall led from nearly wire to wire. They outshot the Seahawks from the field, from 3-point land and at the FT line. They committed just 10 turnovers to Wagner’s 21, and feasted off them, scoring 31 points off those 21 TOs. They were outrebounded on the offensive glass, which may be slightly concerning, but the total rebounding margin was just +1 in favor of Wagner.
Seton Hall will next play the Stony Brook Seawolves on Saturday.