NEWARK, N.J. — Seton Hall ended their losing streak, but looked unimpressive as they edged DePaul 82-77.
Seton Hall needs to figure out their (first half) defense issue. DePaul was shooting 50-percent from the floor 10+ minutes in before an extended rugby scrum with the Hall up 28-23 seemed to cap off the defensive awakening, but then the Hall allowed a 10-0 run to end the half against the conference’s worst team. Seton Hall has now allowed 42 ppg in the first half of their last five games; the three games prior: 29 ppg.
This team still has much work to do as a whole. While DePaul did well to punch back today — particularly big man Marin Maric (23 pts, 8 rebs) and forward Tre’Darius McCallum (15 pts) — I think this result was more about the Pirates. Allowing 10-0 runs into the half against inferior opponents and defensive lapses early highlighted what largely felt like an incompete performance.
As promised, Kevin Willard used his younger guys early. The freshman trio of Jordan Walker, Sandro Mamukelashvili, and Myles Cale all entered the game over the first seven minutes, with Cale providing some instant offense, but the group was largely ineffective on the day aside from Walker sinking a clutch free throw late, as they logged a collective 20 minutes
Angel Delgado recorded the quickest double-double since…? Delgado reached ten and ten off none other than an offensive put-back at the 16:34 mark. I’m open to crowdsourcing this question: Who was the last college hoops player to register a double-double at a quicker pace?
Despite his slow start (0-5) and defensive inconsistency, Desi Rodriguez (33 pts, 8 rebs) carried the offensive load today. He set a new career high and shot 12-16 from the floor after starting 0-5 which led to Cleveland Cavaliers’ J.R. Smith yelling “Beast!!” as Rodriguez piled up points late in the second half; Smith was seated courtside. Seton Hall Pirates not named Desi Rodriguez shot 3-of-15 from three.