It took roughly 19 hours and two venues, but Seton Hall was able to overcome unpredictable adversity to take down Providence 89-77 in the restart of their suspended Wednesday night game.
This was already a tough road game at an NCAA opponent without the insertion of the unplayable court issues last night which in turn changed the venue to the Friars’ practice gym at their on-campus Alumni Hall.
Tack on an 11-3 run Providence to restart the contest which would quickly cut the hosts’ deficit to just one, and Seton Hall (19-9, 8-7) had every right to wilt and start complaining, but they would have none of it, outscoring the Friars 33-30 overall on the new court.
“We knew they were going to come at us strong, and they did, but this is a resilient group,” said Kevin Willard to FOX Sports’ Tarik Turner on the post-game show.
Before the game-suspending stoppage, the Hall were playing their best basketball of the game as they were able to extend their lead to as much as 12 at 56-44 moments before the game was called on Wednesday night.
To little surprise of Seton Hall fans, Providence was able to come out with an tone-setting run to restart the game today amidst a series of turnovers and missed free throws from the Pirates as the 1,854-seater gym that resembled a renovated Walsh, increased in volume.
All the while, Seton Hall’s leading scorer, Desi Rodriguez, was glued to the bench with his sprained ankle in a boot after injuring it on the bad court the night before after scoring nine.
“He won’t be back for St. John’s,” said Willard of his small forward. “We’re hoping Wednesday against Nova. He sprained it pretty good. Obviously we need him, but we need him healthy.”
After Providence cut the deficit to 59-58 with just under nine to play, it was none other than Ish Sanogo (11 pts, 8 rebs) who drilled a corner three to spark a 12-3 Seton Hall answer that increased their lead back to 71-61 and really got the team going.
The Friars wouldn’t come closer than six for the remainder as Khadeen Carrington (25 pts), Myles Powell (20 pts, 4 asts), and even Myles Cale (8 pts) followed suit, making huge plays along the way including back-to-back baskets from the freshman Cale.
Carrington however, was the leader of the pack as he scored 14 points over the final 7:30; he tied Kyron Cartwright with a game-high 25.
“Everyone has been on him all season long about what he’s not doing and I’ve been telling him how great he has been doing,” said Willard.
“He has led us, he has sacrificed his offense at times. … I’m so proud of the way he’s been a leader and they way he has played all season long.”