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

  • 1968_bills_fan

    We had 5 players (counting Nzei) out there with 4 years at SHU and Powell, who played major minutes last year. SHU was running plays with as much ease as slipping on their shoes, while VCU was having to think and remember what they were supposed to do. The talent is there as well- things look good.

  • Jason

    As you mentioned, I’m glad they handled VCU like the 5 loss team they are and didn’t let things get interesting down the stretch. Hopefully, this is a sign of the team maturing and showing up consistently for the rest of the season.

    Still waiting to see Walker to make it back into a game. Any word on his injury?

  • PadrePirate

    Glad to see a “cruise control” win with no high drama for a change. I only hope this team doesn’t lose their edge over the last 4 games of the OOC. VCU was the last top 100 team we’ll face, and, other that Rutgers, they’re all really low-end D1’s. We shouldn’t get lackadaisical, but the bench guys could use some extra work before BE play.

  • Andrew Herbst

    Nice win. Love the balanced scoring from our starters. We played well in the second half and turned up the defensive intensity. I like how we are playing as a team and passing the ball. We should handle our next few games pretty easily before BE play starts. Can’t wait for Tuesday’s game against St. Peters. GO PIRATES

  • VinBick

    Nice “team” win. Love how these guys are unselfish with the rock. Think their were four or five bunnies missed by the Pirates, but it did not matter. How about the outstanding foul shooting? Practice makes perfect. The set plays on offense are working well providing the high percentage shooting.

    Tuesday night will be a hoot at Walsh Gym. Loads of great memories there from the mid-60’s. Anyone old enough to remember this starting lineup in the ’62-’63 season, my freshman year at the Hall? Randy Chave and Sonny Sunket were the guards, Richie Dec and Nick Werkman were the forwards, and Harrison Slaton was our center. Richie Regan and John Murphy were the coaches. Team went 16-7.

  • Ardy

    That was a great game. I am excited to see how we are finding extra points from different people. That 6 points from EG last game was a big plus and the 14 from Nzei was refreshing. He could’ve had even more(missed a few easy layups). The 20 assist mark seems to be the lock to win. They are playing like a top 5 team. Thought this would be their 1st 100pt game. THE SLEEPING GIANT HAS BEEN AWAKEN!!!