Seton Hall staves off La Salle 87-74 in exhibition

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Seton Hall took care of La Salle 87-74 in their opening exhibition game at Walsh Gym on Thursday night.

Desi Rodriguez scored 15 of his game-high 22 points in the first half where the Hall led by as many as 20 while shooting 6-13 from deep.

Kevin Willard was good to his word at Big East media day and went 12 players deep over the first 12 minutes, using his substitutes for a total of 39 minutes during the first half alone.

After leading 44-27 at the half, Seton Hall had their lead whittled down to as little as six at 64-58 with 6:38 to play as Willard appeared to stick with some non-starters for solid stretches of play.

A 9-2 Seton Hall run then put the La Salle threat to rest following a timeout from Willard that appeared to stem the tide.

In addition to Rodriguez’s 22, three other starters finished in double figures while Ish Sanogo scored seven and dished two assists off the bench. Five guys saw double figure minutes off the bench while Romaro Gill played just three early minutes.

Last but not least, this late-scheduled exhibition was set up to donate all proceeds to a hurricane relief fund — looks like over $10k was raised. 

Next up: Division II LIU Post on Saturday afternoon in Walsh. 

    • Angel had a relatively quiet night. La Salle apparently held their own on the glass.

  • Dan

    I am listening and having fun.

    When Lasalle cut it to six, and Willard put the starters back in, I thought that was game, set, match.

    But no.

    He put the kids back in a few minutes later.

    I like the fact that he has the confidence to test drive all his vehicles.

    As at team, it will make us stronger in the long run.

  • Matt

    Jordan Walker looks really good. I was really impressed with how he was able to run the floor down the stretch. He looks like a really nice pace-changing option off the bench behind Carrington.

    • WSOU radio team said this a bunch of times re: Walker.

      Any other observations for those who couldn’t attend?

      • Matt

        Though it is still very early, he really appears to be a great leader on the floor. You can see that he is a true point guard in that he has a pass first mentality and is quick with great handles. I can see teams having a really hard time pressing Seton hall in our zone when he is out there because of this.

        There was a play yesterday where he was able to collect a long defensive rebound in the corner and completely smoked three opponents leading to quick points on the other end. My only concern is his size but hopefully his quickness makes up for that. Nice to finally see a true point point guard and not a converted one.

        • Matt

          Though it was only La Salle. We will see how he looks against the big guys.

  • Matty P

    Just wondering from anyone who watched the game, but how did Carrington do? From the stat sheet the thing that stands out is 5 assists and no turnovers. But stats can be very deceiving at times.

    • I’m eager to see how he looks although LIU Post not the best opponent.

      Was point guard by committee at one point, at least on the stat sheet. I remember KC had 2, then 3 other guys had 2+ assists including Ish off the bench.

      Hall had 10 assists in each half. Were up 10-3 in that category at the break — La Salle had bunch of turnovers

  • PadrePirate

    Just from the stat sheet: Sandro 3 for 3 shooting + 5 boards in 17 min. Not bad. How does he fare defensively? I also like Angel getting 5 dimes and Ish a few buckets. And hey, 73% from the stripe, not bad and independent of opponent.
    I kind of wonder about the Def Eff of our 2nd unit, in light of the opponent’s 2H offensive surge. Look at how their shooting percentage changes. Will be something to follow, moving forward.

    Was Vinny the only one who went to the game? I’m eager to hear some takes.

    • VinBick

      Wish I had been there last night, but work kept me in Beachwood. I had asked for help locating “Section 16” in Walsh Gym in a previous post as I purchased a ticket to the game against St Peter in December at Walsh. Anyone here know the layout of sections?

      The last game at Walsh that I witnessed was at the end of the season in March, 1966 broadcasting the game on WSOU.

      • PadrePirate

        Can’t help you there. I vaguely recall a game vs Wagner in Walsh in Nov 2015. Lower level sections were labelled by pieces of paper taped to the back of the bleachers. I think those were single digit. Regardless, there are no bad seats in a tiny gym like Walsh. If you’re not happy where you’re at, you can always move around to an open seat once the game has started.

        • VinBick

          The game against our friendly rivals should be a sold out game at Walsh. But you are correct, Father Sunshine State, there is not a bad seat in the house.

  • Andrew Herbst

    Nice to see Sandro score and Ish’s outside shot developing. Seems like Walker played well. I like that Angel had five assists.

  • Louie Dee

    I’m hearing $25k was raised. I’m so proud of my alma mater for doing this.

  • Louie Dee

    I’m a little disappointed with E. Gordon stats. My concern is if Khadeen gets into foul trouble who will take over as the PG? Hopefully, Jordan W. will adjust quickly to Big East basketball. Tall order for a rookie.