A trio of 20-point games from Khadeen Carrington (20 pts, 3 asts), Desi Rodriguez (25 pts, 9 rebs) and freshman Myles Powell (26 pts, 2 stls) saw Seton Hall past Iowa 91-83 on the road in a respect-earning Gavitt Games victory.
You can say you’re surprised, but you really shouldn’t be.
If you watched Seton Hall’s first two games, Myles Powell’s coming out party on Thursday night in Iowa City isn’t shocking.
The freshman from Trenton torched the Hawkeye nets for 26 points on 5-of-7 shooting from long range to propel a foul-riddled team to the finish line in an impressive road win for Kevin Willard’s team.
In Seton Hall’s two games prior to Iowa, Powell did step up during two key sequences to stem the tide and seal victories for good, albeit in low-pressure scenarios.
With Seton Hall hobbling due to foul trouble and Angel Delgado (9 pts, 11 rebs) battling through an ankle injury, Powell emerged in the first half but really shined bright down the stretch.
A slow offensive start to the game from Seton Hall was a precursor of what was to come during the first half.
Iowa enjoyed a 9-3 handicap at the first media timeout prior to Khadeen Carrington answering with a couple big baskets that sparked a flowing run of play from both schools.
An 18-9 surge from Seton Hall gave them a 28-24 advantage prior to Madison Jones (5 pts, 4 asts) missing the front-end of his free throws that preluded a really sloppy sequence of play.
Angel Delgado was a non-factor in the first half, joining Ismael Sanogo (4 pts, 3 rebs) and Jones on the bench with foul trouble that set up opportunities from the supporting cast to step up.
And that they did.
Powell broke out with 14 first-half points including a trio of three-pointers while Veer Singh, Rashed Anthony and Eron Gordon all logged important minutes before the break.
With just two assists and a free throw percentage below 60-percent, Seton Hall should have been content with a 44-42 halftime deficit that was followed up by a slow start to the second period from Iowa.
Desi Rodriguez was the the first Pirate to help Carrington and Powell in the second half by scoring in a multitude of ways plus grabbing key defensive boards.
Seton Hall was able to establish a two-basket lead mid-way through the second half despite Iowa freshman forward Tyler Cook (24 pts) and wing Peter Jok (30 pts, 11 rebs) carrying the Big Ten school.
The two teams kept jostling before Myles Powell scored eight-straight points to put Seton Hall up 85-75 with two minutes to play, essentially sealing the game. Powell’s impact wasn’t just in the scoring column: he listened to Willard’s plea to force turnovers and did just that at least four times tonight.
A guy who deferred all credit to his teammates on Sunday in his first collegiate interview, Powell shouldered the load like a senior in a clutch environment tonight.
In typical freshman fashion, it appeared that the moment didn’t even fully hit Myles until he started grinning from ear-to-ear as Seton Hall set up for the post-game handshake line, nine-point victors and headed to the Advocare Invitational a perfect 3-0.