By:|Marvin Chambers:| 4.0 Sports Media
Walsh Gym- Seton Hall opened the 2018 season tonight with a non-conference matchup with Wagner at Walsh Gymnasium in South Orange, New Jersey.
There is no longer Desi, Delgado, and Carrington flying down the court this season instead you have Powell, Nzei, and Mamukelashvili trolling the paint for the Pirates.
Seton Hall lead by a 30 point performance by Junior guard Myles Powell, the Pirates beat Wagner 89-49 in their opener at home. SHU is 91-14-1 (.863) all-time in season-opening games, dating back to 1903. This includes wins in 12 of the last 13 openers.
“This year coach Willard wants me to be more aggressive on the court. I’m embracing this new role this year. I felt really good tonight and my team was giving me the ball in great spots to shoot. It is always great to get a win especially the first one in the bag.” Pirates Myles Powell said.
The Pirates and Wagner met last season on Dec.20, 2017 at the Prudential Center which the Hall won 89-68. Khadeen Carrington went off with game-high 26 points and dominated the Seahawks from start to finish.
The Seahawks struggled in the first half shooting 11-27 (40.7%) from the field and 4-11 beyond the arc. The Pirates full court pressure disrupted the Seahawks continuity on offense in the half.
Seton Hall set the tone early in the contest with a 14-2 run, who never trailed. Powell electrified the crowd at Walsh Gym with a steal and a ferocious dunk to make it 16-6.
The Hall led by 16 points at halftime and never looked back. They opened the second half with a 12-2 run orchestrated by steals and baskets by Mamukelashvili and Cale. The Seahawks opened the second half went 3-for-13 from the field but missed a ton of shots beyond the arc.
Seton Hall forced 16 turnovers on the night, 10 in the second half. The Pirates also blocked eight shots in the contest.
The Pirates shot 51.7% for the game and went 10-for-24 (41.7%) from beyond the arc. Wagner shot 32.1 % for the game, making only 18 field goals on the night and going only 6-for-26 from three (23.1%).
Michael Nzei had 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting and grabbed a team-high seven boards.
Seton Hall now lead the all-time series against Wagner, 24-6, and have won 10 in a row. Wagner’s last win over the Pirates came in 1979.
“We played a good game tonight. We are getting comfortable with each other this year. Last year we played a different game last year with Delgado down on the blocks. We are more athletic this year and we have a lot of people that can do many things. Just wait until we really figure it all out.” Pirates Michael Nzei said.