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#18 Seton Hall escapes Red Storm, 82-79

McKnight, Pirates use second half surge to top St. John’s

NCAA Basketball: Seton Hall at St. John Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

The Seton Hall Pirates cruised into this game being the last unbeaten team in conference play. They are 6-0 in conference. Their opponent for today, a extremely tough St. John’s team at Madison Square Garden. With a ton of momentum from the past 7 games, Seton Hall would need everyone to contribute to beat St. John’s on the road.

They did not disappoint.

Myles Cale had 12 points. Romaro Gill notched a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Quincy McKnight dropped 20 points. Last, but not least. Myles Powell tallied 29 points for the pirates.

However, even though these stats look amazing, the game did not start out that way for the pirates. Although Seton Hall won the tip, they failed to convert on their first attempts and would see Mustapha Heron sink a 3 for St. John’s. Both Heron and Josh Roberts would help build the lead for St. John’s. Seton Hall attempted to keep it close, but they turned the ball over 15 times in the first half. The first half would end, with the Red Storm up 13, 43-30.

After getting chewed out by Coach Willard for the absurd amount of turnovers, the pirates gave St. John’s a taste of their own medicine by trapping and pressuring to open up the second half. This was also when Myles Powell erupted for 23 of his 29 points. Seton Hall charged back, taking their first lead of the half, 61-58, with about eight minutes to play. LJ Figueroa tied it up with 7:42 mark and the two teams just traded punch after punch. With this second half push, Myles Powell notches 2,000 career points. Myles Cale and Quincy McKnight sealed the game on foul shots.

Seton Hall within the next few weeks should get Sandro Mamukelashvili back, and will play Providence in their next game.

St. John’s will have to play Markus Howard and Marquette in Milwaukee.