NEWARK — Seton Hall successfully rested up following a brutal three-game road trip and took care of business with an 86-73 win over St. John’s on Sunday afternoon.
Angel Delgado’s historic 20-20 game was the main theme post-game, but Seton Hall also displayed much-improved offense and Myles Powell (19 pts) broke out of a long scoring slump to provide a vital fourth scoring option for the Pirates.
Before touching on all of that and more, a few quick-hitters on Delgado’s big day:
- First 20-20 game by a Seton Hall Pirate since Eddie Griffin (26 Points, 21 Rebounds) vs. Saint Peter’s on Nov. 27, 2000
- First 20-20 game by a Seton Hall Pirate in a BIG EAST conference regular season game ever
- First 20-20 game by any BIG EAST player since Jamine Peterson of Providence (29 Points, 20 Rebounds) vs. Rutgers on Jan. 9, 2010First 20-rebound game by a Seton Hall Pirate since Herb Pope vs. Syracuse on Jan. 8, 2011
- Only the seventh Seton Hall Pirate student-athlete to grab 20 rebounds in a game; Walter Dukes grabbed 20 rebounds in a game on many occasions back in the 1950s, but the records indicate that only six student-athletes have ever accomplished the feat:
- Walter Dukes
- Nick Werkman
- Glenn Mosley
- Arnie Ring
- Eddie Griffin
- Herb Pope
Seton Hall fans can step back from the proverbial ledge. Although St. John’s isn’t a great nor good team, they have a ton of fight but the Pirates showed what they are capable of correcting with a few days of rest and practice. That said, I don’t think fans were too concerned about performances at home compared to the ability to prepare and play on the road, which is still a big question mark for a team which has just one win in true road games (Iowa).
The offense was so much better today. Strong guard play from Madison Jones and Khadeen Carrington set the tone early but everyone really chipped in via crisp ball movement that wreaked of a prolonged period of practice. Everyone who saw the floor by the half scored except for Rashed Anthony (< 1 minute) and five different Pirates had tallied an assist.
Khadeen Carrington had another off-game from the field, but his eight assists to just two turnovers was a blatant improvement compared to recent games. It will be interesting to see if Kevin Willard flirts with putting him back at point guard for extended periods if Jevon Thomas and Madison Jones aren’t producing — Khadeen will have to have a few more days like today distribution-wise to force that hand.
St. John’s weak front court was no match for Angel Delgado, who had a field day. The Red Storm were averaging 7 blocks per game coming in and registered just three today as even Desi Rodriguez posted up on his defender(s) a few times effectively. The Red Storm will have a real good back court in a year or two, they’re just missing a few key pieces up front.
The crowd today was very engaged despite having a few reasons not to be. The lower bowl was about 90-percent filled with mostly Seton Hall fans who chanted “Desi, Desi!” as he walked off the court injured (his elbow is fine), cheered loudly as he came back to the bench and in the game, and apparently the crowd even let Angel Delgado know that he had 19 rebounds when he was on the bench late (see quotes below). Also in the crowd was a slew of local 2018 recruits and 2017 commit Darnell Brodie (who has transferred back to Newark East Side and must sit out 30 days) who must have been very impressed.
Five quotes (plus two, in honor of Angel):
Kevin Willard on Angel Delgado: “I thought Angel did a good job of being patient, taking what the defense gave him and obviously defensive rebounding really helped us. He’s our workhorse. We actually gave him three days off after the Villanova game just because he’s been logging so many minutes. I think it really helped him.”
Mullin: “He looked like Moses Malone tonight to me.”
Willard on bouncing back: “I knew if we could just come back, practice a little bit, get into a good rhythm, and just being normal college kids that we would bounce back. I had no doubt about it whatsoever. We had the three best days of practice we’ve had all year and it showed in the first half.”
Willard on this being a must-win: “Right now, I think we have the same exact record we had last year and we’re in the same exact spot. The difference last year was we didn’t play as many road games. We’ve already played four road games and two of the hardest ones against Creighton and Villanova. We didn’t have any panic, it’s just a matter of winning your home games and at some point play better on the road.”
Myles Powell on Delgado’s game, jokingly: ““It’s the will to win that drives him to get all the rebounds. I’ve never met or played against anyone who can’t really dunk but can get 20 rebounds.”
Powell on what was going through his mind at end of Villanova game: “I was just trying to figure out what the hell was going on. I got back to school the next morning, I was shooting, we had a great practice, then I shot after practice. Then just throughout the days I was getting extra shots up until I found it … I’ve never been through anything like this [his shooting slump]. It was good that it happened now and I was able to fix it before it got out of hand.”
Angel Delgado on who told Willard he had 19 rebounds late in game, plus his thoughts on the accomplishment: “Me! I think somebody [in the crowd] — I don’t remember — said ‘Yo, you have 19 rebounds’ and I said ‘What!?’ and I turned to coach and said ‘What you doing!? Please, please put me in’ and he put me in … It feels great, that was my dream. As soon as I came to the school I said one day I have to get 20 and 20.”
Delgado on the attitude coming into this game: “We just came out with another mindset that we can’t lose this game no matter what. We cannot lose. That’s what I told the guys before we left the locker room, we cannot go 0-4. If you take care of the home games you’ll be in really good position at the end of the season … I just told the guys that we just lost three games on the road and now we have to bounce back. Just forget about those three games. Like now, forget about St. John’s, I don’t really care about St. John’s right now. I worry about Butler. That’s how we have to keep moving, we cannot get stuck. Teams need to move on, guys need to move on, like move on. Don’t worry about the last game, just play hard.”