NEWARK – After a series of missed first half opportunities, No. 22 Seton Hall used an early 20-5 second half run to take care of Indiana 84-68 in the Gavitt Games.
Desi Rodriguez led all scorers with 23, Angel Delgado (19 pts, 11 rebs, 4 asts) impressed scouts with another double-double and Khadeen Carrington (17 pts, 5 asts) ran the point well while finding his scoring touch.
Seton Hall overcame missed opportunities. I thought Devonte Green’s shoeless play in the first half was going to epitomize the entire game. Instead, it was isolated to the first half. The Pirates were -11 in first half points off 11 turnovers which included a few really lazy, absent-minded plays. There wasn’t much of that after the break.
The start to the second half was tremendous. It looked to be more of the same after Angel Delgado traveled and Indiana scored a quick bucket, but the Pirates went on a 20-5 run thereafter to recapture the mojo they showed in spurts over the opening 20 — they also found themselves in the double bonus much quicker than Indiana would have wanted. The run did plenty to calm the nerves of a team that found itself scrapping with the Hoosiers after plays and getting knocked out of their rhythm late in the first.
The Big Three came up big. Khadeen Carrington (17 pts, 5 asts) ran the point nearly flawlessly outside of a few early turnovers, Angel Delgado (19 pts, 11 rebs, 4 asts) did well to impress the dozen NBA scouts in the house, and Desi Rodriguez (23 pts, 3 rebs, 8-12 fg) was as efficient as it comes over the first 30 minutes of the game.