NEWARK — Seton Hall rallied back from an 11-point second half deficit but once again fell short against No. 4 Villanova, in overtime.
Myles Powell resurrected his team after Villanova built largest lead at 36-25. I feel like I’ve typed those exact words before. Powell scored eight solo points after the Hall fell into the largest hole of the game with 13 to play, and it invoked a 14-2 run which saw Seton Hall take their first lead at 39-38 since it was 4-2.
Man was this game chaotic over the final nine minutes of regulation and overtime. From questionable officiating calls, to Seton Hall reviving themselves after looking done and dusted several times (quite a few fans left their seats before the final rally). The drama lasted almost through the final whistle after Khadeen Carrington nearly went to the line to shoot three, but was fouled just before he went into his shooting motion.
Sure, the defensive intensity was at a much higher level than normal, but this game was ugly for a majority of first 30 minutes. I’ll concede that this resembled an old school Big East matchup for the first ten minutes and some of the second half, but I also don’t recall the level of general sloppiness in the first meeting. That was obviously turned on its head as the game got closer to the end and the drama level skyrocketed.
Jay Wright learned from the first meeting: Angel Delgado (7 pts, 8 rebs) was neutralized at a level we haven’t seen in a while. With Desi Rodriguez out injured, it was clear that Villanova was going to overcompensate on the big fella for 40 minutes, to great effect. Delgado looked frustrated early and often and was largely a non-factor to the point that Seton Hall made their big second half run as he was glued to the bench.