By:Marvin Chambers:|4.0 Sports Media
Prudential Center, NJ-#23 Seton Hall Pirates was able to starve off the herculean effort of St. John’s Red Storm with a 75-70 win at the Prudential Center in Newark New Jersey.
Despite missing standout guards Shamorie Ponds and Marcus LoVett, to injury, the Johnnies pushed the Pirates to the end. Carrington (24 points) and seniors Angel Delgado (12 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists) and Desi Rodriguez (23 points, 9 rebounds) willed the Pirates to the win.
“They’re a tough team, kind of a rivalry game.They threw different defenses at us today and we had to adjust. We just had to find a way to win and we did that.” Seton Hall Desi Rodriguez said.
Seton Hall started the game slowly the Johnnies length and athleticism bothered the Pirates and cause their shooting woes early in the game. The game had an old Big East feel when all the games was close at the Garden. St. John’s jumped out from tip-off to an early lead. The Johnnies pressure the ball and was very active on the boards held a nine-point lead early in the period.
The shorthanded Red Storm (10-4, 0-2) came into this Big East game with something to prove. Despite having just seven scholarship players, they forced 17 turnovers and outscored the Pirates 30-17 in the paint area.
The Pirates in the first half changed their defense to a 2-2-1 in your face press which cause the Johnnies to speed up their offensive sets and force them to turnover the ball.
Seton Hall went into the half with a 43-33 lead, and for the most part controlled the flow of the second half, but were never able to finished off the Red Storm.
Despite the Pirates slow start, Desi Rodriguez and Khadeen Carrington got into a shooting rhythm and the rest of team follow suit. Carrington had a game high 24 points while Rodriguez chipped in 23 points and was crucial in the final minutes of the game. Guard Myles Powell opened the game shooting a perfect 4-4, including three coming from beyond the arc. Powell finished with 16 points for the contest.
The Red Storm was led by Tariq Owens, Justin Simon, and Marvin Clark II clawed back into the game after being down by 15 points and got within three points with a lot of basketball to play. When the game was 65-62 in favor of Seton Hall, three technical fouls by Red Storm one assessed by head coach Chris Mullins for stepping on the court for arguing a call became a distraction for the team. After the change of events with the technicals the Johnnies became unglued and let the close game slip away.
Red Storm Tariq Owens played one of his best game scoring 19 points on (8-12) shooting from the floor and kept the Johnnies in contention. Also Owens had 14 rebounds and 4 blocked shots.
Seton Hall Delgado, the nation’s top boards collector, finished the game with 12 points and 12 rebounds.
St.John’s Justin Simon finished the game with 18 points, 10 assists, and 8 rebounds.Bashir Ahmed and Marvin Clark were also in double-figures in the box score. Ahmed finished with 16 and Clark chipped in 18 points.
St. John’s is now 10-4, (0-2 Big East) while Seton Hall improves to 13-2, (2-0) in the Big East.