Following slow start, Seton Hall thrashes undermanned St. John’s team 79-60

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NEWARK – Trailing 18-10 midway through the first half, it looked like Seton Hall was on upset alert against a St. John’s team that Vegas pegged as 18-point underdogs coming in. Sparked on both ends of the court by Isaiah Whitehead (19 pts, 7 rebs, 2 asts), Seton Hall reeled off a 24-8 run to close the half and wouldn’t look back on their way to a 79-60 rout of the Red Storm.

Facing little resistance, Whitehead was strong throughout while Angel Delgado (15 pts, 17 rebs) played well against a thin St. John’s front court; Angel pulled down 7 offensive boards, but his total count was surely helped by St. John’s shooting 29-percent from the floor.

In front of no more than 2,000 at Prudential Center, Seton Hall and St. John’s played a brutal, forgettable 20 minutes of basketball before things really opened up.

Seton Hall came up empty on their first 9 possessions, a span that included four turnovers, and didn’t appear keen on defending in a zone look, prompting Kevin Willard to bark at his team to “wake up” just minutes after the opening tip.

Still not awake, the Hall allowed the Red Storm to compile an 8-0 run that gave the visitors an 18-10 lead and prompted a Willard timeout amidst a 5-minute span that included just one Pirate basket.

Shooting under 30-percent from the floor late on in the half, it was a big-time defensive play that infused life into Seton Hall.

Isaiah Whitehead registered a huge block in his patented trailing defender fashion and then nailed a three-pointer seconds later to give his team a 27-22 lead and kick off a 24-8 run to end the half. St. John’s didn’t help their case by scoring a measly six points over the final 7:18 of the first half.

Leading 34-26 coming out of the locker room, Seton Hall reeled off a 15-3 run to build a 49-29 advantage at the first media timeout, effectively putting the game to bed with sixteen minutes remaining.

Oddly enough, Chris Mullin inserted two walk-ons coming out of the first media timeout and his team would score on their next three possessions after netting just one field goal over the prior 8 minutes, but the mini surge was far from enough to get the Johnnies back into the game.

Seton Hall answered with 10 points in two minutes, including two hoops from Angel Delgado (), who played by far his best game since the opening two games of the Big East season, to extinguish any slim chance St. John’s had of coming back.

Now sitting at 14-6 (4-4), Seton Hall has started an important-three game stretch off in the right fashion by taking care of St. John’s (7-14, 0-8). The Pirates travel to Creighton on Saturday before hosting Marquette in a week’s time.

  • SHULaw05

    Most important stretch of the season. Time for the Hall to show just how hungry we are to reach the dance. Saturday is crucial to come home with the W.

  • LBP

    Good win against a very bad Team

  • Andrew Herbst

    Nice way tonight. I was concerned after our slow start, but we kicked it into high gear and dominated rest of way. This is such an important stretch. We need to come out with the same level of intensity at Creighton on Saturday. It’s a big game for our tourney resume. GO PIRATES.

  • Matty P

    It was interesting to see that Willard brought in Carter early in the game for Delgado and didn’t play Anderson until late in the game when it was out of reach. Should be interesting to see if he starts going with Carter to give Delgado a break or if he’s trying to figure out which one between Carter, Anderson, and Anthony can give him some decent minutes while Delgado gets a rest.

    It was nice to see that Whitehead had an efficient game. One of his better shooting nights for the season and did a little bit of everything on both ends of the floor. I’m surprised he only came away with 3 assists. Thought he had more but he could have lost a couple from missed close range shots.

    Another positive from this game was that they could put it in cruise control for most of the second half without the starters expending too much energy. That should take away any excuse that Creighton got an extra day of rest. Which after that Georgetown game they probably needed the extra day.

    • Fishjam

      Good points Matty. I was happy to see Carter in first instead of Anthony but I think it was more matchup driven than a precursor of things to come. He usually goes right to Anthony but Carter was better suited against the undersized, quicker and wiry frontcourt. I really would like to see Anderson and Carter spelling Angel the rest of the year. Anthony brings nothing to the table but size. If he was agressive and pounded on the other team’s Center for 5-6 minutes he’d be more effective because all he does is give up easy points and soft fouls.
      IW played a very good all-around game. Would like to see him work it inside, especially against the zone but he heated up after a cold start. He loses several assists per game due to misses or turnovers by teammates.
      I mentioned the same thing about putting the game away early and the minutes….KW complains about the schedule a lot and the Pirates did seem to be fatigued in the 2nd half vs Xavier following the Villanova battle.

  • LBP

    Have to admit that I am getting tired of excuses. Every Game now . Just play hard.
    Chris — I did not see Rashed Anthony last nite? Do you know why he did not play?

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