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.
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