The Seton Hall Pirates had a woeful night in Ames.
Despite defeating the Iowa State Cyclones in their last game down in Atlantis, the Pirates couldn’t quite achieve the feat a second time at Hilton Coliseum. The Cyclones downed them 76-66, but the game was not the only thing that the Pirates lost.
Sandro Mamukelashvili, who played just five minutes, exited after suffering a wrist injury. It would later be revealed that Mamu broke his wrist and will be out for quite some time. This is a devastating blow for the Pirates, with conference play looming in the not-so-distant future.
What doomed the Pirates the most in this game was poor shot-making. Neither team could really get it going in general, especially so in the first half. But even as the Pirates shot 42.9 percent from the field in the second half, they shot just 36.8 percent on 68 field goal attempts. They went 8-for-30 from the 3-point line, and while Iowa State went merely 4-for-19, the Cyclones still proved victorious. One reason for that was probably the discrepancy in FT shooting. ISU shot 26-for-33 from the FT line, while the Pirates went 8-for-12. A big difference in the ballgame to say the very least.
Myles Powell scrapped together 19 points on a 7-for-20 night from the field.. He had eight rebounds but would foul out after hitting the five foul mark after 33 minutes of action. Myles Cale and Quincy McKnight each finished second in points with nine apiece, and Romaro Gill had eight points himself. Shavar Reynolds scored seven and no other player was able to hop over the four-point mark.
With Seton Hall now shorthanded, everything going forward will be that much more difficult. They play the Rutgers Scarlet Knights this coming weekend at the RAC, and then will play a huge game against the touted Maryland Terrapins next Thursday. That game was already fixing to be a toughie, and now without Mamu, it will be that much more challenging for Powell and the Pirates to pick up the W. It will, indeed, be a tough time for The Hall going forward. We’ll see what they’re made of now, to be sure.