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.