NEWARK – Another slow start was turned on its head as No. 23 Seton Hall went on to ease past Monmouth 75-65 on Sunday at Prudential Center.
Trailing 16-15 with just over ten minutes left in the first half, this one felt a lot like the Hall’s opening-night win over Fairleigh Dickinson.
Monmouth turnovers helped, but unlike Friday, it was an explosive first half offense — mainly from the perimeter — which propelled the hosts to victory today.
Seton Hall hit 6 of 13 first half threes, three of which came from an impressive Myles Powell (18 pts, 3 asts, 4-9 3pt), to help the hosts score 33 points over the closing ten minutes of the first half.
Like Monday, a 48-32 lead at the half was all Seton Hall needed to fend off Monmouth the rest of the way with their lead ballooning to as many as 20 points early in the second period.
The final score makes this one look closer than it was — Monmouth scored the final nine points as Seton Hall rotated in reserves.
Myles Powell reclaimed the “Best Myles” award today. Freshman Myles Cale impressed on Friday against Fairleigh Dickinson, but Powell (4 of 9) shot the lights out from the perimeter early and often, helping the Pirates’ offense get jump-started after struggling over the first ten minutes. Even so, Cale (5 pts) was quite good again and got a huge rise out of the crowd when he skied for a block that resulted in a fast break Angel Delgado flush.
Seton Hall made a living on the offensive glass. They snared 19 boards to Monmouth’s five and scored 20 second chance points (+16). It wasn’t conventional offense today — the Hall also rattled off 22 points off turnovers.
Monmouth didn’t help their cause today. Seton Hall got the ball rolling when they channeled some defensive pressure much like opening-night after the very first media break, but the Hawks turned it over 21 times, a handful of which were unforced errors, while registering just six assists, the first of which came 11:30 into the game.