Instant recap: Seton Hall blows out Saint Peter’s 72-46 to improve to 8-2

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NEWARK – In a dominating showing from start to finish, Seton Hall outperformed Saint Peter’s in every aspect en route to a 72-46 win on a beautiful Sunday afternoon at Prudential Center.

Two crippling first half runs, a quick start to the second half and suffocating defense was all that the Hall would need to dispatch the Peacocks as Angel Delgado (10 pts, 10 rebs) tallied his third-straight double-double and Khadeen Carrington led all scorers with 14.

Much like their start against Troy on Thursday, Seton Hall looked locked-in from the start when they drilled seven of their first eight shots to build a 19-4 lead at the first media timeout.

Then, like he has for most of the season, Kevin Willard called on his bench early after the starting five built a quick cushion. The move temporarily backfired.

Saint Peter’s engineered a 10-0 run that was fueled by the Hall missing their next six shots and turning the ball over five times after their red-hot start.

With the game in the balance for the only time all game at 21-16, Seton Hall once again put the pressure on in the form of a 13-0 run that relied on stout defense that manifested into two shot clock violations from the Peacocks over the final eight minutes of the half.

After carrying a comfortable 15-point lead into the locker room, Seton Hall didn’t let up on the tail-end of the break.

In a familiar start, Angel Delgado, once again scored the first basket of the half and Seton Hall once again started on a tare by scoring on four of their first five possessions to double up Saint Peter’s 44-22 at the under-16 media timeout, effectively ending the game with a ton of time to play.

Kevin Willard was afforded the luxury of bringing in reserves like Dalton Soffer, Myles Carter and Rashed Anthony as early as the 10-minute mark as his team held a 25-point advantage for long stretches in the second half. Isaiah Whitehead (12 pts, 3 asts) wasn’t required to carry his team but had another solid performance and walk-on Mike Dowdy Jr. drilled a three late in the game.

  • Fishjam

    IW played well today.. His defense was incredible as he locked down on their leading scorer Portley, holding him to 2 points (17 ppg average) plus he had 3 blocks and 3 steals, many leading to transition points.

    His passing was very good. He involved everyone early as all 5 starters scored in the first 3.5 minutes (19-4 run). Although he only had 3 assists, he facilitated a lot of other points with passes that led to open looks or free throws and only had 1 TO. He still has issues with shot selection but today it was more of him not taking shots he should have. I only remember 1 time where I thought he shouldn’t have taken a shot. After the game Willard said he needs Isaiah to shoot MORE. He said he tends to look to dish too much when he drives. I saw him forego a couple of open jump shots today I though were good looks he should have fired.

    I liked seeing Willard call a couple of plays right out of Halftime for IW to play off the ball. Twice it was getting him the ball in the post against a smaller defender. He missed a shot that Angel put back and he hit a baby hook. Then shortly after he hit a corner 3 off a pass from Angel I believe. Hope to see more of this especially when the team is in a scoring drought.

    • PadrePirate

      FJ, thanks for the notes on IW. Didn’t see the game, and the stat line, just 3 A’s in 26 min, disappointed me. But it’s great to hear praise of “very good passing” and facilitating others’ shots. A little scary hearing KW encourage him to shoot more…ok, provided that the shots are mostly quality choices. I, personally, like seeing a drive and dish. Also, great to hear that KW called some plays for him giving him open looks and mismatches.

      These are some of the areas where I have been hoping for improvement. Granted, it didn’t come against the toughest opponent, but as long as the guys are focusing on ways to improve their game, we can’t go wrong.

    • VinBick

      A lot to praise after this blowout win. The big guys are really impressive, too. Was surprised to see the rebound totals. Thought the Pirates had out rebounded St Peter’s, but the last 12 minutes of the game may have been a factor.

      Anthony played a lot more last year, and when in the game yesterday, it looked like he can be helpful. Maybe he and Carter should be getting some of the time that Singh gets. That poor fellow throws up bricks, is a fouling machine, and rarely looks like he is a part of the offense.