Myles Powell led all scorers with 21 and Jared Rhoden chipped in 13 as Seton Hall took down D-II Bloomfield 81-52 at Walsh Gym in their first exhibition tune-up.
The Pirates led by as many as 19 points late in the first half but Bloomfield rattled off eight straight to cut their deficit to 43-34 coming out of the half.
But a Myles Powell three out of a timeout followed by another Powell three a minute later sparked a counter 8-0 run that kept a smooth-sailing victory on the menu at soldout Walsh as the Hall led by as many as 30 in the closing minute.
While SHUHoops.com didn’t cover this exhibition in person (we’ll be at Walsh on Tuesday), below are some takeaways aggregated from the box score and social media.
Point guard Anthony Nelson didn’t play. It appears he is carrying a banged up knee, but might be able to play on Tuesday against Misericordia. Quincy McKnight (2p, 8a, 2s, 1 TO) was scoreless at the half but played a past-first role as primary point guard.
Romaro Gill and Ike Obiagu combined for six blocks. Not a bad start for the twin towers. Gill had five swats to his name to go along with six first half points while Florida State transfer Obiagu got a nod in the starting lineup but only scored two points (an alley-oop from Sandro) in 11 minutes.
Elsewhere in the front court, Taurean Thompson didn’t play for the first 31 minutes despite the Hall playing some zone. He sunk a three and had a big dunk after entering, but that was with less than 10 to play in the game after freshman power forward Tyrese Samuel (5p, 10r, 16 min) was in the first line change off Kevin Willard’s bench, pulling down double-digit boards. It appears Thompson has an uphill climb after being in Willard’s dog house last year with Samuel and Jared Rhoden set to eat up his minutes off the bench behind Sandro Mamukelashvili (9p, 3r); Thompson’s easiest to earn more minutes is through rebounding and applying himself on defense.
The Pirates shot a decent 48-percent from the floor and 35-percent from three (Rhoden and Powell 8-for-13), totals which likely took slight hits due to a deep rotation and a game that wasn’t that close. Seton Hall held whopping 23-0 fastbreak and 29-3 points of turnovers advantages while forcing 20 turnovers and giving up just six free throw attempts. Early signs of a stout and versatile defense, as touted by Willard at media day; five Pirates had multiple steals.
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