The Seton Hall Pirates were back in action today as they took on the Creighton Bluejays. The Pirates were looking to avenge an 82-67 loss back on January 9. The Pirates would come into Omaha and knock out the Bluejays 75-65. Before the game we spoke to Anthony Robinson who can be found on twitter @ARobinson_. He is a great journalist and is well worth a follow! He gave us some great insight on the game which can be seen in our previous post.
Both teams started slowly to begin the game. The first five minutes were defined by great defense and poor offensive execution. Angel Delgado and Ismael Sanogo both came out strong in the first few minutes for the Pirates. With 15:53 remaining in the first half, Isaiah Zierded knocked down a jumper to tie the game at 6. The Pirates would then take the lead and never relinquish it for the remainder of the game. The two teams remained very close throughout much of the first half before the Pirates pulled away late. The Pirates would go into halftime leading 40-27.
The Bluejays were led by James Milliken with 9 points. Maurice Watson Jr. added 6 points for the Bluejays. Isaiah Zierden led Creighton in the first half with 3 rebounds, and Watson Jr. led the team with 4 assists. The Bluejays shot just 23.1% from beyond the arc and had no offensive rebounds in the first half.
The Pirates were led in the first half by Angel Delgado with 11 points and 5 rebounds. Desi Rodriguez tied Delgado for the lead in rebounds with 5, and he added 7 points. Isaiah Whitehead led the Pirates with 4 assists in the first half.
The Pirates came out red hot to start the second half. Creighton would score the first two points of the second half, but then the Pirates would score the next 7 points to open up an 18 point lead. With 16:50 to go in the second half, a Desi Rodriguez three pointer would give the Pirates a 22 point lead. The Bluejays were resilient though, and would grind the Seton Hall lead down to 10 points. However, Isaiah Whitehead would answer with a three pointer and help stabilize the Pirates lead. The lead would never drop below 10 points, and the Pirates would come away with a 75-65 win over Creighton.
The Bluejays were led overall by James Milliken with 21 points. The only other player to score in double figures was Maurice Watson Jr. who scored 14 for Creighton. Watson Jr. led the Bluejays with 6 assists. Zach Hanson led Creighton on the boards with 6 rebounds. In the previous meeting, Geoffrey Groselle put up 20 points on the Pirates. He was injured during this game and the Pirates took advantage. The Pirates demolished the Bluejays on the boards. The Pirates grabbed 17 offensive rebounds to just 6 for the Bluejays.
The Pirates were led by Isaiah Whitehead who led the Pirates in points and assists with 22 and 6, respectively. Angel Delgado posted a double double with 13 points and a team high 12 boards. Desi Rodriguez also posted a double double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Ismael Sanogo chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds.
With the loss the Bluejays fall to 14-8 overall and 5-4 in Big East play. With the victory the Pirates improve to 15-6 overall and 5-4 in Big East play. Creighton will now head to Philadelphia to take on the Villanova Wildcats on Wednesday. The Pirates will return home to take on the Marquette Golden Eagles on Wednesday.
We would again like to give a huge thank you to Anthony Robinson. He is a great friend of the site and is a tremendous journalist. Check out the PPI chart to see which Pirates did the best today. We will have full coverage of the Marquette game on Wednesday. Until then, Hazard Zet Forward.