Facing a stiff road test early in their season, Seton Hall’s offense came up way short en route to a 80-57 reality check at Nebraska in the Gavitt Games.
A young road team shot 2-16 from three with 14 turnovers and never seriously threatened in the second half; the Cornhuskers held a double-digit lead for the final nine-plus minutes.
Nebraska initiated things in the opening minutes and were held in check only by two early Myles Powell (24 pts, 1-9 3pt) salvos that kept his team in it at 27-22 Cornhuskers with just over three to play.
The Hall played solid defense in the first half as highlighted by a monster Sandro Mamukelashvili (8 pts, 12 rebs) block in the closing minute, but were crippled offensively by poor shot selection and eight first half turnovers, while a strong Nebraska defense also played a part.
After trailing 33-27 at the half with Powell scoring 15, Seton Hall wouldn’t hit a three until 23 minutes into the game when freshman Jared Rhoden sank the team’s ninth attempt to cut the score to 39-35.
Despite getting slowed down by a bizarre five-minute officiating stoppage that resulted in two seconds off the game clock, the two teams traded baskets in a spicier affair until a 10-2 Nebraska run put the hosts up 53-44 at the under-12.
Nebraska used that cushion to get cruising as Seton Hall shot just 1-11 from three with 11 turnovers almost mid-way through the second half in a lackluster showing offensively.
Taurean Thompson committed four fouls in fives minutes of action while missing three shots with a -10 rating that he will try to forget about.