Delgado and Desi power Seton Hall to key win over Xavier, 71-64

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NEWARK — Monster games from Angel Delgado and Desi Rodriguez propelled Seton Hall to an important 71-64 win over Xavier.

Seton Hall held the Musketeers scoreless for a key five and a half minute stretch late in the second half and used 25 and 13 from Delgado plus 22 from Rodriguez to hand Xavier their fourth-straight loss.

Playing in front of a half-empty Prudential Center, Seton Hall got off to a stagnant start and failed to register an assist for the first nine minutes, falling behind Xavier 23-16.

Then a flurry of four assists on five possessions that came just as Isaiah Whitehead took his seat in front of me courtside got Seton Hall and their defense going.

As a result of the improved ball movement and countless defensive deflections, the Hall answered their largest first half deficit with a 9-0 run which brought them within a point at the half 23 of their 30 points coming from Angel Delgado and Desi Rodriguez.

Trailing 31-30 at the break, Seton Hall looked fragile early in the second half and nearly fell behind by eight when Xavier missed a wide open three-pointer when leading 38-33.

The Pirates took advantage.

A 15-5 Pirate run that started with an academic run-out basket from Xavier’s missed opportunity and ended with a pair of Myles Powell (8 pts) three-balls completely turned the tide of the second half.

Leading 49-45 at the under-12 with the Musketeers in foul trouble Seton Hall looked primed to take advantage before a flurry of seven fouls in four minutes on the home team put a damper on things and allowed Xavier to trail just 55-53 after the under-eight.

But the attrition, primarily to Xavier’s front line but also to impressive back-up point guard Quentin Goodin (4 pts, 8 asts) would eventually take its toll.

The Musketeers failed to score from the 7:26 to 1:59 mark which allowed Seton Hall to build an 8-0 run to lead 63-53 at the under-four, an advantage which was too large to throw away despite a very shaky finish from Seton Hall.

  • Louie Dee

    Great win!! However did you guys see that ending. Madison jones is horrendous! He has very low game IQ. Also it’s like the 5th time I seen him miss a layup. Pathetic!

    • LBP

      Louie D-he is what he is and we are getting the best he has. I agree that he has a terrible B_Ball IQ-especially because of his age. I doubt any amount of quality time can change him

  • Andrew Herbst

    Good win, but the ending was nervewracking. But we stepped up and got the win we needed it. Desi and Angel were great. Jones and Powell played well also. Hopefully we can take the momentum into Depaul on Saturday. GO PIRATES

  • Joe J

    Good win but now the hard part for this team. Going on the road with 2 days rest where they have been horrendous. This DePaul game will not be easy. If (or should I say when) this team starts the game with 2 or 3 points in the first 7 minutes and trails 12-2 early it will be a struggle to get this win. We’ve all seen this happen to this team way too much. They better be rested, prepared and ready to go because this will not be an easy game on Saturday.

  • LBP

    Just got home and normally don’t care about Crowd-but tonite I was disappointed. Was surprised at lack of student support and the rest of the Crowd was a bit non-involved.
    Have to say that our Guys fought very hard tonight- same problems we have all Season ( foul shots; turn-overs; and droughts). Never thought I would write that Madison Jones was much better than Carrington. But I give a great deal of credit to the Heart of this Team-they fight and scrap. Even though Xavier was under-manned , they are extremely well Coached.
    We are where had to get and I am proud of my Pirates.

  • Ardy

    Go Pirates. Good win. I saw local talent Naz Reid behind the bench.It would be great to get him. If we come out with our game plan like we did tonight we can beat anyone.The hall seemed to have a game plan and the were determined to implement it.I hope they build on this attitude going forward.