By:|Marvin Chambers:|4.0 Sports Media
Prudential Center Newark, N.J. – The Pirates was hoping they could upend the more athletic Louisville team. Myles Powell had a game-high 23 points, but the Seton Hall men’s basketball team couldn’t get any other help from its supporting cast. The Hall fell to Louisville, 70-65, at the Prudential Center in front of a crowd of 8,505.
The Cardinals has a 14-6 series advantage over the Pirates, winning five of the last six and 10 of the last 13 meetings. Seton Hall won the last contest 79-77 over Louisville in the KFC Yum Center last year.
The first half was close with both teams exchanging leads and flying down the court but not greater than six points. With the score knotted at 34, Louisville’s Dwayne Sutton drove to the hole with under a minute to play to give Louisville their first lead of the game and up at halftime 36-34.
Leading by as many as 12 in the first half and as many as nine in the second half 52-43 with 13:52 on the clock, the Pirates found themselves down four points, 63-59, with 2:02 remaining when Powell hit a three-pointer to cut the lead to one.
The Cardinals made some half-time adjustments by packing the paint and making the Pirates shoot over the zone. SHU shot a dismal 33.3% (11-33) from the field and 10% from beyond the arc.
Louisville scored the first bucket of the second half to go ahead, 38-34, Seton Hall responded with an 11-1 run to take a 45-39 lead with 17:08 left in the game. The game went up and down but the Pirates couldn’t hit wide open perimeter shots consistently. SHU made just one of their next 12 shots from the floor, and a scoring drought of 4:19 allowed Louisville to take the lead, 63-59.
“We played very well in the first half but in the second half, we didn’t play Seton Hall basketball. We are still learning to play with each other, we will be fine. We just have to learn as a team to close out games in the second half.” Seton Hall Myles Powell said.
Hall Sandro Mamukelashvili also scored in double-figures for the Pirates. Nzei had 12 points on 6-for-8 shooting, while Mamukelashvili finished with 10 points in the paint. Both forwards had a team-best six boards.