The Seton Hall Pirates were back in action today at the Prudential Center as they took on the Marquette Golden Eagles. Before the game, we had the chance to speak to our good friend Jack Goods. Jack’s answers can be found on our previous post, but we would again like to extend a big thank you to him for all of his insight. The Pirates ended up cruising to a 79-62 victory against Marquette.
The first half was very closely contested. The teams traded buckets early on in the game. Luke Fischer and Angel Delgado both came out aggressive and led their teams in the first half. The Pirates were looking to stifle freshman sensation Henry Ellenson. Ellenson was coming off a huge game against Butler where he put up 32 points and 10 rebounds. The Pirates did a good job of frustrating Ellenson in the first half, and it helped to slow down the attack of the Golden Eagles. A Khadeen Carrington layup with 5:28 remaining in the half gave the Pirates a 9 point lead. However, Marquette would chip away at the lead and go into halftime trailing the Pirates 34-31.
The Golden Eagles were led in the first half by Luke Fischer who posted 11 points and 4 rebounds as well as 3 assists. Henry Ellenson added 4 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Jajuan Johnson chipped in 5 points for Marquette in the first half. The Golden Eagles shot 42.4% from the field in the first half and 22.2% from beyond the arc. The Golden Eagles turned the ball over 7 times in the first half.
The Pirates were led in the first half by Angel Delgado who had 8 points and 6 rebounds. Isaiah Whitehead added 7 points, and Desi Rodriguez grabbed 8 boards. Khadeen Carrington led the Pirates with 5 assists in the first half. Derrick Gordon posted 8 points as well in the first half to share the team lead with Delgado. The Pirates shot 43.8% from the field in the first half and 25% from beyond the arc. They turned the ball over 6 times but had 12 assists in the first half.
The first half of the second half was still a game that was up for grabs. Immediately to start the half Henry Ellenson would knock down a three pointer and tie the game. The Pirates would build a lead, but Marquette would keep cutting it down. With 11:05 left in the game, Jajuan Johnson would hit a pair of free throws to cut the lead to 3. Isaiah Whitehead, Derrick Gordon, and Khadeen Carrington would each hit three pointers in the next 3 possessions and the Pirates would stretch the lead to 10 points. The Pirates would ultimately build an 18 point lead and end up winning by a score of 79-62.
The Golden Eagles were led overall by Luke Fischer who scored 17 points, grabbed 6 boards, and dished out 3 assists. Jajuan Johnson added 15 points and 4 rebounds. Henry Ellenson had a double double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Duane Wilson had 8 points for Marquette. The Golden Eagles shot 40.7% from the floor and 26.3% from beyond the arc.
The Pirates were led by Angel Delgado who put up 19 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Isaiah Whitehead also had a great game with 21 points, 8 assists, and 6 rebounds. Derrick Gordon and Khadeen Carrington each posted 13 points for the Pirates. Isaiah Whitehead also blocked 3 shots on the night. The Pirate shot 50% from the floor and 35.3% from beyond the arc.
With the loss the Golden Eagles fall to 15-8 overall and 4-6 in Big East play. With the win the Pirates improve to 16-6 overall and 6-4 in Big East play. Marquette will now head to Cincinnati to take on the Xavier Musketeers on Saturday. The Pirates will host the Georgetown Hoyas at the Prudential Center on Saturday.
A big thank you again goes out to Jack Goods! He can be followed on twitter @GoodsOnSports. He is a great follow and a terrific journalist! Check out the PPI below to see which Pirates players performed at a high level. We will have full coverage of the Georgetown game on Saturday. Until then, Hazard Zet Forward.