Newark, N.J. — Seton Hall fought back from the brink and snapped a four-game losing skid with the help of 31 points from Myles Powell as they downed Providence 65-63 in a tight affair.
Talk about a statement from Myles Powell. Not counting an early three-point attempt from Hazelian range, Powell made his living attacking the basket including a few acrobatic finishes that saw him post 17 points at half, and he was far from done. Powell did absolutely everything he could tonight on both sides of the ball and resembled a man possessed at times — because he was. Quite the rebound from a string of poor games capped off by a three-point no-show at Villanova.
Taurean Thompson provided some much-needed minutes in a much-needed role. Early in the game, I made a comment about how you could think Thompson is a guard based off his statlines, but he strayed away from the risky stuff tonight and even looked like a traditional post forward at times, pulling in nine boards and registering four blocks. Twitter seemed to think that he should have seen more minutes at times after seeing just seven in the first half, and Willard appeared to listen.
Team rebounding (emphasis on team), really helped Seton Hall along. They were +10 at the break and +10 after the dust settled. A theme this season, collective rebounding helped the Pirates on their way with six guys picking up 3+ rebounds including 7 from Romaro Gill off the bench, not to mention his huge stuff at the rim in the closing seconds.
Just like the first meeting between these two schools, turnovers handicapped Seton Hall a good deal. They coughed it up 22 times at the Dunk and were on pace for 25+ at one point tonight, losing the rock 12 times at the half and 18 total, but ultimately tightened it up when it counted. On a positive note, it certainly looks like Anthony Nelson deserves a larger and larger role at point guard.
Continuing that thread, it appeared obvious that Seton Hall’s ball movement increased when Nelson was on the floor. Nelson was due to see more time as alluded to in the wake of the Villanova game, and that occurred early and often with him checking in prior to the first media break. His vision is perhaps unmatched on this team — he just needs to gain more experience. Now it’s up to Kevin Willard to carefully manage the defense/offense benefits between him and Quincy McKnight.