The Seton Hall Pirates were back in action Monday as they took on the South Carolina Gamecocks in the UnderArmour Reunion at Madison Square Garden. The Pirates came in with a record of 7-2 while South Carolina came in at 8-0. The Pirates would hand the Gamecocks their first loss of the season, defeating them 67-64.
The Pirates did not come out strong in this game. Sloppy play and turnovers plagued the Pirates early on. South Carolina took advantage early on and opened up a 7-2 lead. Seton Hall fought back and then exchanged buckets with South Carolina for several minutes. The Gamecocks looked like they were beginning to open up the game towards the end of the half. An 8-0 run gave them a 25-17 lead with 6:54 remaining in the first half. The Pirates cut into the lead but South Carolina would take a 34-27 lead into the locker room.
The Gamecocks were led by PJ Dozier in the first half. He scored 12 points and had a pair of steals. Maik Kotsar led the Gamecocks on the glass with 5 first half rebounds. Chris Silva was second on the team with 5 points in the first half. South Carolina shot 44.8% from the field and 28.6% from beyond the arc in the first half.
The Pirates were led by Angel Delgado in the first half. He scored 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Khadeen Carrington had 7 points and Ismael Sanogo led the Pirates with 6 rebounds. Myles Powell chipped in 5 points and 5 rebounds. Seton Hall shot 25.9% from the field and 25% from beyond the arc in the first half.
The Pirates faced an uphill battle early on in the second half. South Carolina refused to relinquish the lead. But, with 11:30 to go in the half the Pirates tied it up. From there the two teams were back and forth and provided a great half for the fans at MSG. With 31 seconds to go South Carolina tied the score at 64. The Pirates would not let the game get away though. Desi Rodriguez shook a defender and powered home a layup with 10 seconds to go that would ultimately be the difference in the game. The Pirates handed South Carolina their first loss of the season by a score of 67-64.
The Gamecocks were led overall by PJ Dozier who had 20 points and 5 rebounds. Chris Silva had 11 points and 9 rebounds before fouling out in the second half. Hassani Gravett chipped in 11 points and Maik Kotsar added 7 rebounds. South Carolina shot 38.6% from the field and 31.3% from beyond the arc.
The Pirates were led by Khadeen Carrington who had 21 points on the night. Desi Rodriguez had the winning bucket and scored 16 points overall. Angel Delgado had another double double with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Myles Powell chipped in 11 points and Ismael Sanogo grabbed 12 rebounds. Seton Hall shot 34.5% from the field and 25% from beyond the arc.
With the loss South Carolina falls to 8-1 on the season. They will now head to Tampa, Florida to take on South Florida on Saturday. The Pirates improve to 8-2 with the victory. They will be back at the Prudential Center on Saturday to take on the University of Delaware.
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