Rapid reaction: No. 19 Seton Hall throttles VCU 90-67 in Never Forget Tribute Classic

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NEWARK – Five starters reached double figures as No. 19 Seton Hall took care of VCU easily, 90-67.

Desi Rodriguez (17p, 7r, 4a) seemed to be the first player from both sides to defrost as he nearly pulled off three massive dunks; he missed one and was fouled flagrantly in the open court before his third attempt.

Following a lackluster middle portion of the first half that featured miscues, seemingly bottomless stoppages of play, and a six-minute VCU field goal drought (0-for-10), Seton Hall was able to build a 29-13 lead and sustain that with Myles Powell (16p, 5a) answering a flurry of late-half VCU three-balls.

Leading 43-30 at the break, Seton Hall hit peak offensive efficiency, dishing seven assists over the first eight minutes of the second half to effectively keep VCU at a safe 19-point following distance — the rest of the game was played in cruise control.

Three thoughts:

The first half matched the weather outside, but Seton Hall came out on top. Between excessive stoppages, generally sloppy play, and a lengthy VCU field goal drought, the first half was nothing to write home about. But Seton Hall patched it together and capitalized to the tune of 8-0 in points off mistakes.

As we’ve grown accustomed to, the Hall started the second half well. After just six assists in tie first period, they dished seven prior to the under-12 of the second — Rodriguez had four of them. The uptick in offensive fluidity resulted in the Pirates’ largest lead of the game, 62-43, heading into the under-12.

VCU looked a lot worse than advertised — or is Seton Hall boringly good. I hyped them up a bit pre-game, as they were in all four of their losses down the stretch, but Seton Hall made the Rams look like a true five-loss team today; the talent gap was blatant today