NEWARK, N.J. — Seton Hall’s best basketball in over a month is coming at the right time as the Pirates mauled Georgetown 78-62 to improve to 2-0 in Big East play.
Once the early barrage of Myles Cale three-balls had subsided, Seton Hall was looking at their best start on offense since throttling Saint Louis in mid-November.
What followed against the Hoyas was some of the best hoops the Pirates have displayed since they were firing on all cylinders earlier this year against the likes of the Bilikens and Michigan State.
Seton Hall led by as many as 20 late in the first half, but it wasn’t terribly surprising that the team’s focus slipped gears momentarily after surely the more comfortable halftime speech they’ve received in weeks.
The Pirates coughed up the rock four times to start the second half and seemed to recover via eight Romaro Gill points in seven minutes, but Georgetown was able to creep within 61-50 at the under-eight timeout, leaving Prudential Center uneasy.
The feeling didn’t last long.
The Myles Powell show — sponsored by triple-double threat Quincy McKnight — promptly spearheaded a 10-0 run that banished any remaining doubt with five minutes and change to play.
The fatal blow left Georgetown reeling as star guard Mac McClung looked to initiate some extra-curriculars with Seton Hall heading into the final media break, symbolizing how much McKnight & Co. were able to get in his head.
There is plenty of praise to give out, but Quincy McKnight gets the game ball for me. McKnight nearly tallied a triple-double and set a new career high ten assists; Q set the tone early ball movement-wise and was his usual sound self defensively.
Romaro Gill did well to stem the tide early in the second half. Gill answered Georgetown’s 5-0 start with two buckets, two free throws, and two blocks en route to an impressive 17p, 8r, 4blk night. After Angel Delgado & Co. handled Hoya center Omer Yurtseven in Wichita when he played for N.C. State, the torch was passed to Gill tonight.
Boy has Myles Cale responded to his post-PVAMU chat with Kevin Willard. Cale’s 5-of-6 threes in the first half made the arena forget about Myles Powell and gives this team another dimension when he can play “three and D” at this sort of level, even with Sandro still sidelined.
Given the injuries, Seton Hall’s start to Big East play has been perfect. Winning two of their next four will be more than acceptable with Sandro’s return on the late-January, early-February horizon. A 4-2 record sets up a three-game homestand of Providence, DePaul, and Xavier nicely.
The crowd was great tonight. From fans hounding Mac McClung following his technical to the big names that were in attendance — Bob Hurley, Isaiah Whitehead, Victor Cruz, reps from the NJ Playaz AAU team, recruits and more — the sellout crowd showed up early and Seton Hall’s performance allowed them to happily leave a few whistles early.