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.
Preliminary figure is in: The exhibition has raised more than $10,000 for United for Puerto Rico. That's what it's about tonight.
— Jerry Carino (@NJHoopsHaven) November 3, 2017
Next up: Division II LIU Post on Saturday afternoon in Walsh.