The Seton Hall Pirates returned to action on Saturday as they took on the Georgia Bulldogs at the Prudential Center. It was a back and forth game, but in the end the Pirates came out with a 69-62 win. The Pirates improved to 5-1 and the Bulldogs dropped to 2-2.
The first half was a very tightly contested. The Pirates and Bulldogs traded leads throughout the half. Yante Maten was the man for Georgia in the first half. Whenever they needed a bucket, they found Maten. The Pirates sputtered offensively at times, but managed to fight through it and keep finding a way to get it done. With the half winding down, Isaiah Whitehead knocked down a three pointer and the two teams went into the locker room tied at 30.
The second half saw the Pirates kick into gear offensively. Khadeen Carrington and Isaiah Whitehead were the standouts for the Hall. Carrington was consistently getting to the rim and finishing as well as drawing contact. Whitehead was knocking down mid range jumpers as well as three pointers. The Pirates led by as much as 10 in the second half. However, the Bulldogs refused to quit and kept on coming at the Pirates. Free throw shooting was down the stretch was a sore spot for the Pirates. Keep an eye on that as we progress in the schedule, it may come back to haunt the Hall. With 2:23 to go in the game, Georgia cut the lead to 60-59. Isaiah Whitehead stepped up and scored the next 7 points and put the game out of reach. In the end, the Pirates came out with a 69-62 win.
Isaiah Whitehead led the way for the Pirates with 22 points. Whitehead was clutch down the stretch with several key jumpers, and he was also a perfect 5-5 on free throws. Khadeen Carrington added 20 points 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Angel Delgado led the way on the glass with 11 boards, and Derrick Gordon came through as well with some big baskets down the stretch.
Georgia was led by Yante Maten with 21 points and 8 rebounds. Kenny Paul Geno and Kenny Gaines each chipped in 13 points for the Bulldogs. Charles Mann and J.J. Frazier led the team with 3 assists each.
The Pirates remain undefeated on their home floor with the win. They improve to 5-1 overall and 3-0 at home. The Bulldogs fall to 2-2 on the season. The Pirates will travel to Washington, D.C. on Wednesday to take on George Washington. Georgia will return to Athens on Tuesday to take on Oakland.
Please be sure to check out the PPI chart at the bottom of this article to see which players had a great game, and which could’ve performed better.
We will have full coverage of the George Washington game as well as a recap when it goes final. Until then, Hazard Zet Forward.