Myles Powell scored 26 and Khadeen Carrington missed a game-winning three at the buzzer after a rough night from the field as Seton Hall suffered heartbreak on the road at Xavier on Wednesday night.
Like the Butler game before it, the Hall was neck and neck with the Musketeers coming out of the final media timeout but were ultimately edged over the closing four minutes in a crushing defeat in Cincinnati.
“I thought Myles [Powell] gave us a really good boost and got us going,” said Kevin Willard on AM 570 post-game. “[But] On the road, when you’re up 6, up 5, you’ve got to get a couple stops, but they made some good plays.”
In what has become a patented start, Seton Hall was cold from the floor as soon as they came out of the locker room with a pair of Angel Delgado (13 pts, 13 rebs) elbow jumpers their only source of early points.
Khadeen Carrington (6 pts) and Desi Rodriguez (16 pts, 3 asts, 3 rebs) started an icey 1-of-11 from the field, but Seton Hall was able to withstand their sluggish opening chapter.
Myles Powell (26 pts) and Madison Jones (8 pts, 9 asts, 5 stls, 5 rebs) jump-started the broken down offense after the Hall found themselves trailing 23-16 with 6 to play following a Trevon Bluiett three-pointer; Jones would go on to have what looked like his best game as a Pirate.
“I thought Madison has played the best game he’s played all year,” said Willard. “He really controlled the ball, the offense.”
Seton Hall then about-faced and closed the half on a 16-5 run that featured 10 jaw-dropping points from Powell as the freshman completely took over the game.
Leading 32-28 at the half, Carrington sank to 0-of-8 from the floor including 0-of-7 from three before he finally scored a few minutes in on a fast break, setting the stage for Powell and Jones to once again propel the Pirate ship to clearer waters.
Seton Hall built a 47-41 lead coming out of the under-12 shortly after Powell hit his sixth three-ball, but a quick 7-2 run injected life into a wilting Xavier.
The run was sparked by five Pirates turnovers in six minutes after they coughed it up just once during the first 26 minutes of action, which snowballed in a 16-5 run but this time for the Musketeers.
“[You] just can’t,” rued Willard. “[And] a couple tough ones that led to their lay-ups [too].”
With Carrington sitting for an extended period as it appeared the fingers on his left hand that he dislocated against Butler were still bothering him, Seton Hall managed to scrape out a 9-3 run with the help of Desi Rodriguez that carried into the final media break and knotted the game at 61.
Willard, didn’t confirm that Carrington is suffering from any injury, though.
“I don’t know,” he said about his junior guard’s health. “He’s working hard, he’s playing hard, sometimes the ball just can’t go in the rim.”
The final four minutes — once again — were frantic.
Following a blow-by basket from Carrington, a booth review had to settle a heated tangle up with Seton Hall trailing 69-66 and just two minutes to play.
A sweet Madison Jones kiss off the glass made it 69-68 just seconds before another Carrington basket tied the game at 70.
Playing through a sprained ankle, Trevon Bluiett swiftly answered however with a hooking jumper in the lane for hist 23rd and 24th points with 4 seconds to play that set up a decent off-balance redemption look from Carrington that just missed as time expired.
Seton Hall falls to 13-8 (3-6) and is now looking at a must-win at a surging Georgetown on Saturday.