Seton Hall assisted on 21 of 26 made field goals en route to a 66-49 win over USF in front of roughly 1,000 at Prudential Center.
If you were in for an exhilarating game, you were disappointed early and often. USF failed to score until just inside the 10 minute mark, allowing Seton Hall to build a decent but not strangling 14-0 lead before the Bulls got on the scoreboard.
The Hall never truly looked back.
Angel Delgado (14 pts, 11 rebs) featured early on in the game and then came on strong in the second half on way to his fifth-straight double-double while Veer Singh (12 pts, 4-6 3pt) played an important role when he drilled back-to-back threes to inject life into a Seton Hall offense that let USF outscore it 14-12 since the visitors’ first basket.
USF missed an opportunity when they were down 10 and went just 1-of-4 from the line prior to giving up an offensive rebound on a free throw that resulted in a four-point play when Isaiah Whitehead (6 pts, 10 asts) sank a three. Whitehead also racked up six first half assists and no turnovers; Seton Hall assisted on 12 of 13 first half buckets.
The Bulls wouldn’t get even this close again.
After holding USF to a 33-19 lead at the half, Seton Hall’s authority wasn’t threatened for most of the second half.
Isaiah Whitehead matched his career high in assists when he found Singh open on the wing twice in a row with the freshman hitting the second attempt. Whitehead then broke his assist record with his ninth dime that found Singh again for his fourth three-pointer of the game to gave the hosts an 43-27 advantage.
The Hall’s lead fluctuated between 13 and 19 through the under-four media timeout. Derrick Gordon (8 pts, 4 rebs, 3 asts) provided a nice spark late in the second half to help Seton Hall maintain a 12+ point cushion until pulling away over the final minutes. Gonzaga transfer Angel Nunez led USF with 19 pts and 8 rebounds.
Seton Hall improves to 10-2, matching the same non-conference record they held a year ago. The Pirates begin conference play on the road at Marquette on December 30th.