The well-known Halloween proposition of “trick or treat” was on full display in Seton Hall’s 84-79 exhibition win against D-III Baruch College.
For most of the game, Seton Hall was playing from behind in what felt like some sort of hangover from last season’s collapse down the stretch.
Baruch knocked down a barrage of three-pointers (12 of 18), though many of them were good looks, and the Hall’s offense was slow to get in gear outside of a dominant 40-point performance from sophomore Isaiah Whitehead.
Exhibition or not, trailing for 24 minutes against a D-III school is some sort of trick.
Luckily for the Pirates, they rode the hot hand of Isaiah Whitehead and outlasted Baruch down the stretch by making a living from the foul line (20 of 33) against a much smaller and less deep team.
Quiet for most of the game after playing limited minutes in the first half due to foul trouble, Angel Delgado (8 pts, 7 rebs) hauled in an offensive board, put home the put back and was fouled when Seton Hall led 79-77 with just 50 seconds left in the game, ultimately putting enough cushion between the Pirates and their feisty opposition.
Whitehead’s stellar showing was supplemented by a gritty 8-point, 11-rebound performance from Ismael Sanogo, who also contributed on the defensive side of the ball. Chimaechi Ekekeugbor paced Baruch with 20 points and 8 rebounds.
Look for post-game quotes from Kevin Willard in another follow-up post.