Newark, N.J. — Seton Hall dropped their third straight and fourth in five games as they were destroyed on the glass 42-19 in a 97-93 loss to DePaul.
It’s circle the wagons time for Seton Hall in mid-January. Losers in four of their last five, this was a home game penciled in as a must-have after a rough start to conference play on the road. Now, all expectations go out the window and the pressure only increases with a road game at Villanova primed for next weekend. Seton Hall could very realistically be 12-8 (3-5) when Providence comes to town after the trip to Philadelphia.
Seton Hall was out-classed on the glass, there’s no other way to put it. DePaul led 21-11 in rebounds at the break while Mike Nzei, Darnell Brodie, and Sandro Mamukelashvili all found themselves in foul trouble; Nzei fouled out with eight to play after picking up his fourth just after the half. The gap on the glass only got worse as the game went on: DePaul led the battle 36-15 and 16-3 in second chance points with eight minutes to play and finished 42-19 and 25-8, respectively. Most alarming was the lack of a collective effort: Sandro was the only Pirate with multiple boards until late in the game — it’s not just one guy at fault.
Myles Powell was a bit off-kilter tonight. At first, it seemed like he was pressing the issue too much in the first half, and then he went absent in the second half until a designed play out of the under-12 media timeout saw him attempt his first shot. He ultimately did score 24 and hit some big threes, but the sustainability of how he’s going about it over the last two games is a bit different than what we’ve been used to, it’s just generally less natural and against the flow of play.
This was not Seton Hall’s best defensive effort by a wide margin. In fact, it was the most points allowed at home since a 102-91 loss to Notre Dame in 2006. In a sign of things to come, Seton Hall allowed ten more points at the half than they did at DePaul in the previous meeting and while they did force some shot clock violations and clamped down in the second half, their inability to stop DePaul’s guards in transition scenarios combined with poor team boxing out led to an overall forgettable night and the officiating style (it seemed like they whistled for everything) plus DePaul’s stellar rate at the line (29/32, 90%) helped the Blue Demons flirt with 100 points.
As promised, Newark native Darnell Brodie received some more playing time, but receiving a start was a bit of a surprise. Willard said post-Providence that Brodie would see more minutes with Romaro Gill out until Villanova (Gill warmed up tonight but did not play), and that we did. Brodie logged 13 minutes, 10 of which came in the first half, but didn’t have much of an impact on the game as Seton Hall was destroyed in the paint and on the glass.