Seton Hall notched an important 69-62 revenge win over Georgia after a clutch 22 points from Isaiah Whitehead and a key 20 points from Khadeen Carrington that tied his career high. Yante Maten led Georgia with 21 points and 8 boards.
Coming out of the gates, Seton Hall showed no signs of rust after a week off since competing at the Charleston Classic. The Pirates cashed in on three early three-pointers, two of which were created by making an extra pass, and led 13-9 at the under-16.
Following an explosive start, both teams combined for just one basket between the under-16 and under-12 media timeouts while the Hall entered what would become an eight-minute field goal drought. Georgia was able to mount an 11-0 run during the span and built a 22-15 lead that was crucially extinguished by a pair of Desi Rodriguez (11 pts) baskets in transition to snap the Pirates’ drought.
Isaiah Whitehead (22 pts) forced a pair of shots at the tail end of Seton Hall’s scoring drought but would come up big over the final few minutes of the first half. The sophomore point guard made a tough basket in the lane and drew Kenny Gaines’ (13 pts) second foul heading into the under-four timeout, then Whitehead nail a long triple at the horn to tie the game at 30 going into the locker room.
After what was reportedly a fiery halftime speech from Kevin Willard, Seton Hall locked down on defense and build a 49-40 lead midway through the second half via a 7-0 run during a five-minute Bulldog field goal drought. Like the Pirates’ first half lull, Georgia was able to stay within an arm’s reach despite trailing by ten at 56-46 at the under-eight.
Not done, Georgia was able to claw within three with four minutes to play after going zone in order to cope with foul trouble.
Seton Hall looked a bit lost on offense and wouldn’t score on the Dawgs’ zone until a big-time Whitehead floater to give the Pirates a 62-59 lead with two minutes to play, snapping another five-minute field goal drought. Following up on his shot, Whitehead then literally ripped the ball out of Georgia’s hands and nailed a long-range triple to put Seton Hall up 67-59 with under a minute to play, essentially icing the game. 13 offensive rebounds, most of which game in the second half, helped Seton Hall keep Georgia in check.