Rapid reaction: Big second half sees Seton Hall take down No. 22 Texas Tech

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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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Rapid reaction:

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.

  • LBP

    Hall is one tuff Team–as I posted , when Deeno engages the Hall is very good–Angel had one of his worse Games and this Team “beat up’ a very good ,well Coached ,physical, Texas Tech Team ( which will be a tuff out all year) .
    Altho the “end ” Game was a bit unorthodox , it was Fun .
    Again Chris nice job-thx

  • Andrew Herbst

    Great win tonight. It wasn’t easy, but it was fun. Khadeem stepped up. Desi was outstanding. Loved how Powell took control down the stretch. Nice confidence booster going into Sunday. Can’t wait for Lousiviille. GO PIRATES!

  • SHU95

    Donny Marshall repeatedly called Myles Powell “Seton Halls Best Player” throughout the telecast… (Not just during the flurry at the end). I think SHU has 4 “best players” but Powell has shown that he is so much more than just a 3 pt shooter & continues to improve. Myles was a 4 Star recruit when he was 40 lbs overweight… Wow

  • cali jack

    Play defense,rebound,pass the ball,make foul shots=Win a lot of games.

  • z06

    Hard Fought Win tonite against a team that could make a run ln the big Dance,I was very impressed with this team Rest up Pirates another tough Game Sunday needed this win