NEWARK (N.J.) — Xavier snapped No. 10 Seton Hall’s ten-game win streak 74-62 and Quincy McKnight suffered a potential serious injury in the loss.
Seton Hall’s poor starts finally caught up to them. Now a net -32 in first halves over their last five games dating back to Butler, the comeback kids finally failed to get the job done. Maybe on a different day all of the second half 50-50s and close calls go in the Pirates’ favor, but they’ve been playing Russian roulette over the first 20 minutes in recent games.
I hope that I’m wrong, but I’m fearing the worst for Quincy McKnight. The senior went down with a nasty left knee injury late in the second half as Seton Hall was making their run and was helped to the locker room without putting any pressure on it. I saw the replay and wish that I hadn’t as it looked like his left foot got stuck to the court and his entire leg buckled/twisted awkwardly. Speculating: I can easily see McKnight’s college career ended with this one — the replay put a pit in my stomach and you could hear a pin drop as McKnight writhed on the court in pain.
Edit: Willard ruled out an ACL in his post-game interview with AM570, but that is pending an MRI, so this is obviously a fluid situation.
It’s tough to single out the statistical negatives in this one, but here’s some cold hor d’oeuvres: 51-22 Xavier on the glass, 36-22 in paint, 18-0 second chance points, 3-14 from the field from Myles Powell, 6-27 from three. There are hardly any positives to take away.