Seton Hall scored 50 points in the second half against a top-10 Texas Tech defense to pick up an 89-79 resume win at the Garden.
Desi Rodriguez (24p, 7r, 4a) stuffed the statsheet, Myles Powell (19p, 4r, 4a) came up big late-on, and the Hall’s offense collectively played the best they have in a long while en route to a morale-building victory.
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Seton Hall’s corralling of two offensive boards after an Ish Sanogo missed free-throw with 5:57 was the sequence of the game. With Angel Delgado sidelined due to foul trouble and their momentum up against the ropes, it was first Desi Rodriguez getting fingertips on the board, then Sanogo taking a shot to the face before the Hall was able to reel it in — for the second time after Myles Powell missed a quick three off the initial board. Sanogo was amped and the sequence got the loudest rise out the crowd just prior to the Pirates’ biggest lead at the time.
Offensive efficiency was the best it has been all year. As alluded to pre-game, Willard is a lot better at getting his team up for it on a few days rest, relative to opposing coaches. It showed tonight as the Hall assisted on 18 of 30 field goals while turning it over 15 times. Don’t forget: Texas Tech hadn’t given up more than 69 points this season and was ranked ninth in defensive efficiency.
Myles Powell is officially a Madison Square Garden veteran. His seven-point sequence to effectively ice it after Texas Tech threw Seton Hall into a frying pan of a full court press blew the roof off of the Garden. Big time.