The Seton Hall Pirates opened the season with an 84-67 win over Dartmouth at the Prudential Center. The Pirates improve to 1-0 and Dartmouth falls to 0-1 on the young season. There were many things to discuss about this game, so let’s get to it.
The Big Green of Dartmouth came out strong and kept the game tight through the first half. At the end of the half, the Pirates held a 6 point lead with the score 39-33. Evan Boudreaux and Isaiah Whitehead were leading their respective teams with 12 points apiece.
The game remained tight to start the second half, but the Pirates pulled away towards the end of the half and won by 17. It was a rusty start, but the Hall worked out the kinks and started to find their groove at the midpoint of the second half. There were concerns about how Isaiah Whitehead would lead the offense with Sterling Gibbs gone. Whitehead responded with a great effort, spreading the ball around as well as knowing when to take it himself. One concern though, is the free throw shooting of Seton Hall. The Pirates shot just 22-43 from the charity stripe, for a mere 51.2%. As the season goes on, this will have to be improved for the Pirates to succeed in close games.
The Pirates were led offensively by Isaiah Whitehead. Whitehead had a steady night with 18 points, 8 assists, and 5 rebounds. The points and assists were both team highs. Also standing out for the Pirates were Derrick Gordon with with 14 points and Khadeen Carrington who added 13 points. Angel Delgado led the way on the boards with 9 rebounds.
The Big Green of Dartmouth were led by freshman Evan Boudreaux with 23 points. Connor Boehm chipped in 16 points and Brandon McDonnell added 7 rebounds.
The Pirates will be back in action on Sunday, November 15th against Wagner. Game time is 1:30 at historic Walsh Gymnasium. Dartmouth will take on Marist on Tuesday, November 17th. We will have full coverage of the game on Sunday. Until then, Hazard Zet Forward.