Four double figure scorers helped power the Seton Hall Pirates to victory Friday night.
The Pirates, now 2-0 in Big East play, took down the visiting Georgetown Hoyas 78-62. The win was their 10th on the season, and sent the Hoyas down to an 0-2 start to Big East play. This after they were throttled by the Providence Friars back on New Year’s Eve.
The Pirates and Hoyas exchanged blows in the early part of the game. Georgetown got out to an early 7-2 start after Mac McClung, Terrell Allen and Omer Yurtseven knocked down the team’s first three buckets. But Seton Hall would go on a 13-2 run over the next few minutes to take a 15-9 lead. The run was engineered by Myles Cale, Jared Rhoden and Quincy McKnight, with Cale accounting for six of the points while Rhoden had five.
Georgetown kept it close but Seton Hall started to really get hot. From the 9:39 mark all the way down to the 4:31 mark, the Pirates took command of the game. They shipped their way out to a 14-2 run that put them up 35-18. They led by as many as 20 points in the first half and took a 17-point lead into the break, putting an embattled Georgetown team on their heels yet again.
Georgetown could only climb to within 11 in the second half. Things didn’t go their way at all, as the most they could muster was a strong 9-0 run halfway through and a 15-5 run that brought it to within 11 at the 8:28 mark. But they would only score 12 points in the remaining time left in the game. Seton Hall was too much for them to overcome, and as a result, they were sent into the loss column again.
Romaro Gill led with 17 points on the night, a standout showing for the big man. Gill was followed in points by Cale, who had 16, and Myles Powell who had 15. McKnight was the final Hall player to get into double figures, as he scored 14 points and dished out 10 assists to boot, as well. Rhoden had a quality showing, with nine points and nine rebounds, falling just shy of a double-double.
The depth-plagued Hoyas got 20 points out of McClung, who was out of action for the aforementioned loss to the Friars. Jamorko Pickett joined him in double figures with 10 points, and came a rebound shy of a double-double. Allen and Yurtseven each finished with nine points while Jahvon Blair and Jagan Mosely scored seven points apiece. The departures and depth issues are, in the simplest terms, killing the Hoyas right now as things couldn’t have gotten off to a rockier start for them.