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NEWARK, N.J. — Seton Hall looked dominant from start to finish in a must-have 73-57 win over Providence that propels the Pirates into fourth place in the Big East.

In the spirit of the Hall effectively putting this game to bed with a few minutes left in the first half, let’s skip directly to a handful of great quotes from Kevin Willard and three players.

Kevin Willard & Player Quotes

Willard on the team’s defensive effort, specifically with Kyron Cartwright: “Yeah, I think the biggest thing is we wanted to try to make it hard early on for Cartwright, try to clog up the lane as much as possible. I thought (Alpha) Diallo played phenomenal. I was really impressed with his game in person, he’s really improved. It makes them hard to guard when he’s playing the way he is, but really, the start of the game was to kind of take away Jalen Lindsey and make it tougher for Kyron.”

Willard on choosing Eron Gordon over Jordan Walker as Carrington’s back-up: “I think the biggest things for me, at those minutes, are — it was tough for Jordan [Walker] — he missed so many opportunities to play against some teams that he could get more minutes and I could get comfortable for him. I just thought Eron Gordon gives us a very calming influence out there, plus his size defensively right now is a little bit better. That was the main reason he played against DePaul — DePaul has no small guards with Eli (Cain) and those guys, (Max) Strus — so it was more or less trying to get him — he’s got a little bit more size and he’s just a little bit more simpler on offense, and that’s something with the minutes those guys are getting, we need.”

On Will Cody, the young man with leukemia who sat on the Pirates on the bench today after doing the same against Providence last year: “Will was here last year, and we decided to bring him back for the Providence game. He’s doing great health-wise. I told Will after the game — I said, ‘If we keep winning, I’m going to fire Fred Hill and you can have his spot,’ — and Fred agreed. He said, ‘as long as we keep winning, I’ll do anything.’ All the guys were excited to have Will back and kind of see how he’s progressed and see that he’s doing well, and I think it’s important for our guys to understand there’s some kids out there — there’s people dealing with some really serious, tough stuff, and being part of the team technically as Will was, it’s a good experience for him and it’s great for our guys. I was glad we were able to do it.”

Angel Delgado on how the last few days have been since setting the rebounding record, and what he’ll do with the ceremonial ball he received tonight:It’s been great, it’s been unbelievably great, I’ve been so happy these last couple of days, you don’t even know. It’s great to see a legend like that [Derrick Coleman] talk to me and to say he’s happy for me for what I did, and that’s unbelievable. I watched that video probably like a thousand times. Seeing all the famous people to be saying stuff like that to me, it’s great. I’m really happy.

“When I move in my house, probably put it only in one room, that’s my kid until I have a kid [laughs].”

Myles Powell on the conversation he had with Willard pre-DePaul about shooting more:He just told me he wants me to shoot the ball. He’s seen me light it up in practice, and he knows I can really shoot. He just said the four [seniors] guys need a three-point shooter and that’s what we’re missing right now.

“He knows that I can do X, Y, Z, but he just wants me to do X right now and that’s shoot. When you have Coach telling you to shoot the ball, it’s kind of hard not to shoot the ball. I started the DePaul game off with a deep, deep three, and I guess that was Coach telling me to shoot in my mind. He told me if I think I can make it, to shoot it. It’s great when your guys have confidence in you, so I guess I’m going to go out there and shoot it.”

Khadeen Carrington on the difference between when he’s feeling it and when he’s having a bad game:I don’t think I’ve had any bad games. If I’m not making shots, I wouldn’t call it a bad game. That’s what a lot of people- everyone is used to seeing me score, so if I don’t score that much, everybody thinks I’ve had a bad game. Some games you don’t hit the shots, tonight I happened to hit shots but I [also] had seven assists … There’s more to it than just scoring.”

On Willard’s move to get the ball out of Carrington’s hand more, as Desi Rodriguez and others have taken the ball up the court over the last two games:That was a good move by Coach [it was made during bye week]. Instead of me just having the ball in my hands the whole game, staying back after misses, like after misses just getting out and try to get some easy baskets. I had a few easy baskets today and I think that’s what got me going.”

  • ThePirateFan

    Love those two quotes from Carrington, and he’s right – whether he’s scoring or not, if he’s taking good shots he’s having a good game. He’ll miss a bunch in a row, he’ll make a bunch in a row, and he’ll even out where his ability is. And we know he’s loaded with ability. So if he takes good shots that’s all we should care about.

    And that move to have Desi and other guards unloading KC – it’s brilliant. KC isn’t a natural point guard, so why give him a burden that’s going to change the way he plays? Let the point forwards handle it when it makes sense, they’re capable enough.

    • shu_92

      He was brilliant today. The less pressure he has to be a pure point guard for 38 minutes a game the more his passing ability and court awareness really shines.

    • Joseph Attanasi

      With all due respect, just taking good shots hardly qualifies as a good game. If he takes 15 “good shots” and only makes 3 or 4, there’s no way to spin that into a good game.

      You can have a good game even if you are not scoring a lot of points, but if you are taking good shots and only making 20-25% of them, that’s just not a good game.

  • Andrew Herbst

    Love those quotes from Khadeem. He knows that he doesn’t have to score to make an impact. I like that Desi is handling the ball more. Takes some pressure off Khaeem. Can’t wait for Sunday’s game.

    • Biff Roughneck

      It’s “Khadeen,” and if he thinks he hasn’t had any bad games, he must be on something. 4-19 at Marquette? Bad game.

      • Andrew Herbst

        I stand corrected. Hopefully he can keep it going Saturday against Nova

  • Larry Karg

    Some nice momentum going into @ Nova on Sunday. Should not be much pressure – just play loose and take it to them as best we can.

    There is such a thing as a “good loss” and I’d take that as something to build on for the rest of February. (Not that a monumental upset wouldn’t be welcomed…)

  • Matty P

    Nice team win today. They did a great job on the defensive end. Very impressive to hold Lindsey and Cartwright to 0 points and Bullock to only 10 when he avgs 16/game. Only thing I didn’t like is the lack of bench mins in a game where they were able to keep a 10+ lead most of the game.

    I like the move of making it more of a team effort to get the ball up the court instead of only relying on Carrington. Think that will help keep him fresher throughout the game. I also think he did a nice job of attacking the rim today which is what he does best.

    • shu_92

      I agree about the bench minutes. Angel is so valuable but its imperative to get him more rest to conserve him for end of games. Against deeper teams like Xavier he gets beat up and is worn down by the under 8 in the second half.

      Whether that means giving Mamu more minutes or tinkering with a small lineup who knows.

      • Matty P

        Agreed Angel is going to get worn down against teams like Xavier who can throw more than one guy at him. I think that means they either need to give Mamu 8-10 mins a game or go with Nzei and Sanogo playing together.

        • PadrePirate

          The time for trying the types of strategies you mention, both doable options, is NOW. It will be too late in March to experiment if Angel gets injured or gassed. Deep teams like Xavier, with 3 strong bigs are going to grind him down. I understand that we can’t afford any losses, but we had a comfortable lead for most of the 2H, and yet the bench guys didn’t get minutes, needed and deserved after their strong showing at DePaul

          • Matty P

            I feel it’s already a little late to be experimenting with getting the guys behind Delgado more time. They’ve had 22 games to try and figure it out at this point and unfortunately it doesn’t seem to have happened based on Delgado’s high mins in conference games.

          • PadrePirate

            Maybe so. We’ll see what happens this Sunday, because Nova, like Xavier, has three tough PFs who all weigh like 240 lbs (Pascal, Spellman, and Roundtree). They can afford to play physical and pick up a few fouls. I think we’ll need some decent min from Sandro and Nzei on Sunday, esp if Angel or Ish pick up some early fouls.

  • 2003Pirate

    I want a whole lot of disappointment in the city of Philly this Sunday. We are likely going to have to play Nova three times in the next five weeks. Get after it with a W this weekend.

    • LBP

      Nova looks great v. Bluejays-plus, I got suckered and took the 13 so not real happy

      • PadrePirate

        Cats mopped the floor with the Jays. Nova has 3 beefy PFs in Spellman, Pascal, and Roundtree. Probably going to give Angel and Ish trouble. If either of them get early fouls, we’ll need big games from Nzei and Sandro.

        • 2003Pirate

          They knocked down 19 3P’s in the game against the jays. Will that hot shooting carry over?

          We’ll need lights out shooting from 0, 20 and 13 on Sunday. Well also need strong D from 14, 31 and some solid bench minutes. We need to be firing on all cylinders plus nitrous…

          • PadrePirate

            If our boys bring their best game and the key players get rolling early, I’d say we’ve got a good shot. For this group, it seems like their offense feeds best off defensive energy. I watched the Nova/Jays replay. Both Spellman and Pascal had three 3’s. They often camp out in the corners spreading the defense thin, while Bridges and Brunson drive at will. Without Krampelj, the Jays were undermatched up front. We may have the edge in the paint, but we’re going to need some quality minutes out of Sandro and Nzei. Angel can’t play 38 min against their bigs. I can live with Bridges, DiVi, and Brunson each getting their 15-20, we just need to slow them down a bit.

          • 2003Pirate

            Agree.. should be a good day of sports on sunday

          • Ardy

            I know we can get 20-25 3pt’s from Powell, Desi, KC. and we will throw in 2 from Ish. Cale, Gordan. We can beat them if we match their intensity. They slowly pick up the pace as they run up the score and we have to respond when they go on those 10 point runs. They go on 8-10 point runs and if teams don’t respond they do it again and before you know it they are up 10-20 points and they coast the rest of the way. I hope we come out STRONG the 1st and especially the 2nd half! We have to win both half’s. They have to be challenged. When Butler stood up to them they folded. When the Hall wins people will be put on notice THE HALL IS BACK!!!!

          • RonD

            Nova didn’t fold. Butler shot something like 16-25 from 3 then gave away most of a 20+ point lead.

          • Ardy

            Looks like something we should try to do.
            We will need the biggest lead we can get and maintain. As we saw today even the best can lose.

  • VinBick

    Love your post-game posts, Chris. The lazy Ledger doesn’t even send a reporter to our games in downtown Newark at the Rock? An hour after last nights contest, the The Providence Journal’s reporter had his story posted on line.

    The New York Post covers the Hall very nicely. I think the Asbury Park Press sports guy, Jerry Carrino, covers our games, but I will not pay that Left Wing Rag a dime to read their paper or website.

    Let’s all enjoy two Philly teams losing on Sunday-the Cats and the Eggels!

    • PadrePirate

      JC regularly writes nice pieces about SHU mbb-a useful complement to Chris’ coverage, especially when he is too busy to cover a game. I didn’t realize the site/paper had extreme politics, as I only read the articles on the Pirates.

      I hope our boys go to Philly with hunger, even though there’s no real pressure. If they lose, it will not be a huge surprise or disappointment. A road win of that caliber would provide a huge boost for the BE home stretch. With Booth injured, KC’s slump over, and SHU having restored confidence, the time is ripe for an upset!

  • PadrePirate

    Anyone know why Duke is playing St John’s at MSG this Sat? Is that some kind of tradition? Just looks a little odd in the middle of Conf play. Watch the Johnnies break their 10 game losing streak with a W over n.4 in the country.

    • PadrePirate

      Haha! I was only half serious when I posted this yesterday. So happy for the Johnnies. Great kids who’ve had a tough-break season. Made a statement tonight even if they don’t make the tourney.

      • 11yearplan

        Nothing sweeter then seeing one of those arrogant ACC schools fall to a BE team.

        • PadrePirate

          Coach K blew it off by saying that his team didn’t show up for the first 32 min. Are you kidding me? Those 5-star all-americans from Duke simply got out-played by a bunch of scrappy, athletic NYC kids who feed off the MSG crowd. Owens and Ponds were amazing. What a fun game. Hope the NCAAM world takes notice that our last place team beat the top ACC squad.

          • Ardy

            Any predictions for tomorrow game

  • Joe J

    Nice win for the Big East. Big East worst St. John’s beats ACC 2nd best in Duke. How sweet it is. And the great Duval misses 2 big free throws at the end. Duval is a 60% free throw shooter. He would have fit right in with this Pirates team with his poor FT shooting. Not good for a PG and he must’improve at the next level next year.

  • Ardy

    St. John beats Duke. Tomorrow is SH turn. GO HALL!