Behind 59 combined points from Desi Rodriguez, Angel Delgado and Khadeen Carrington, the No. 22 Seton Hall Pirates defeated the Indiana Hoosiers, 84 to 68, in the Gavitt Games at the Prudential Center on Wednesday evening.
The Pirates led by only one point at the break, but used a 10-2 run at the start of the second frame to open up a lead they wouldn’t relinquish for the remainder of the night.
While Seton Hall was carried by their “big three”, the Hoosiers received 16 points from Devonte Green (four first half threes) and 12 points from Robert Johnson.
- Seton Hall is the real deal. The Pirates are a team with excellent chemistry, veteran leadership and three players who can take over the game at any time. Rodriguez is a fearless offensive player with the ability to score inside and out. Delgado is a double-double machine and an unselfish offensive talent. And Carrington has seamlessly transitioned to the point guard position. If Myles Powell can continue to prove that he is more than a catch-and-shoot player and Myles Cale can score off the bench, the Pirates will be a top 25 team for most, if not all, of the season and a major factor in the Big East.
- The Pirates may have won by 16 points, but that doesn’t mean they’re free of any concerns moving forward. SHU must do a better job of feeding Delgado in the post. The 6’10” big man only had three field goal attempts late in the first half and as soon as the Pirates began to run their offense through him in the paint, they were able to make a quick run. The other concern: Who is going to emerge as the fourth offensive option? It looks like Powell will be that guy — he has rounded out his game a bit — but he also shot 3-of-11 from the field against the Hoosiers.
- One note on Indiana: The Hoosiers are a team searching for their roles under new head coach Archie Miller. They were already blown out at home against Indiana State and while they played hard on Wednesday night, they didn’t have enough to remain in the game down the stretch. The Hoosiers will have to figure out who their number one option is (Green? Johnson? Juwan Morgan? Josh Newkirk?) and build their continuity in a new scheme/system. The NCAA Tournament might be a stretch this year, however, IU will improve as a unit as the season progresses.
Next up for Seton Hall: The Pirates host NJIT on November 18 (Saturday) at 4 p.m. ET at the Prudential Center.