NEWARK, N.J. — Khadeen Carrington was lethal, Angel Delgado posted his 65th double-double, and Seton Hall moved into fourth place in the Big East as the Pirates made quick work of Providence.
Minutes after honoring Delgado (13pts, 14 rebs) for breaking the Big East rebounding record at DePaul, Seton Hall (17-5, 6-3) started the game on their own terms, going up 9-3 early via a series of fast breaks made possible by some dedicated defense.
But the Hall didn’t hit their stride until a commanding 19-0 first half run during a nearly five-minute Providence drought, which flipped a two-point deficit into a 36-19 lead.
After allowing a season-best 26 points in the first half which was a product of an active defense as much as it was a cold Friars shooting streak, not much changed in the second half after two quick Seton Hall buckets reinforced the tone.
The Pirates would quickly balloon their lead to 20 early in the second as they held Kyron Cartwright (0 pts, 2 asts, 4 TOs) scoreless while Alpha Diallo (25 pts, 10 rebs) absolutely carried his team on the interior.
Providence would get no closer than a 12-point deficit at the under-eight timeout as Seton Hall looked in control for final 25+ minutes of the game.
This was a must-have game and the Hall never looked threatened. Having already hosted Xavier and Creighton and Villanova still to come to town, there aren’t any more “acceptable” home losses on the slate, making this one all the more important. The Pirates took care of business and have surely calmed some nerves as they move into fourth in the conference.
Much like the DePaul game, Seton Hall started on the front foot. We’ve grown used to slow starts from this team, but at least over the last two games, they’ve established key aspects of their game like tightening up defensively and getting on the break, early on. That’s a decent warm-up for Villanova, because a strong start will be mandatory.
Seton Hall goes as Khadeen Carrington goes. I’ve heard this phrase a few times this season, and it couldn’t have been more true tonight. Carrington was deadly efficient from the floor and will surely have one of his highest KenPom offensive ratings of the season, check the statline: 23 pts (9-14 fg), 7 asts, 1 TO.