NEWARK – It’s becoming a bit of a pattern for No. 22 Seton Hall, but a 20-3 second half run was enough to overcome yet another slow start as the Pirates took care of NJIT 82-53.
Angel Delgado (5p, 2r, 4a) was benched for the final 18 minutes of the game, while Desi Rodriguez (19p, 7r) led all scorers despite picking up his fourth foul during the first portion of the first half. Backup point guard Jordan Walker sat out with a sprained thumb; he sported a red cast on his right hand.
Seton Hall improved to 4-0 and can rest up before their Thanksgiving Day matchup with Rhode Island in Brooklyn for the NIT Preseason Tip-Off.
This was another slow start from Seton Hall — the pattern is worrying. It was an ugly first 10 minutes of the game, making the dreary weather outside look rather pleasant. I thought an 8-0 run out of the under-12 was going to change things, but the Pirates held just a 33-30 lead before a savvy final two minutes of the first half. Seton Hall didn’t look comfortable until a 20-3 run that started after the second half’s under-16 timeout which saw the hosts leading 63-38 after the dust settled.
It looks like Angel Delgado received a benching. He was subbed out at the 18:14 mark of the second half after five points, two rebounds, and four assists in the first half and some less-than-stellar defense. Message sent from Willard? More on this later.
The guards did the heavy lifting today. They scored 16 of the 20 points during the Hall’s crushing 20-3 run including some impressive play from Eron Gordon (7p, 3a). Mike Nzei, Ish Sanogo, and Angel Delgado combined for just 9 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists; Sandro Mamukelashvili (11p, 9r) provided his best minutes yet as a Pirate, scoring a few clever baskets around the paint.