Pirates Finish Strong

The Seton Hall Pirates wrapped up the regular season today as they faced the DePaul Blue Demons in Chicago, Illinois. The Pirates were coming off of a loss to Butler and were looking to end the regular season on a winning note. The Pirates would defeat DePaul 80-66.

The Pirates would never trail in the first half. With 11:11 remaining in the first half, Khadeen Carrington would hit a three pointer to give Seton Hall a 10 point lead. The Blue Demons would fight back and cut the lead down. With 6:55 to go in the first half, Myke Henry would hit a three pointer to cut the lead to 24-20. The Pirates would again build the lead back up to 9 points after an Angel Delgado jumper. However, two free throws from Eli Cain cut the Pirates lead to 4 as the teams went to the locker room. At halftime the Pirates led DePaul 36-32.

The Blue Demons were led by Myke Henry who had 9 points and 3 rebounds in the first half. Rashaun Stimage added 4 points and led DePaul with 5 rebounds. Billy Garrett and Eli Cain each had 5 points in the first half. The Blue Demons shot 46.2% from the field and 33.3% from beyond the arc in the first half.

The Pirates were led by Desi Rodriguez who had 9 points and 3 assists in the first half. Khadeen Carrington also had 9 points in the first half. Isaiah Whitehead added 8 points and 3 assists in the first half. Angel Delgado led the Hall with 5 rebounds, and Ismael Sanogo had 4 rebounds. The Pirates shot 51.9% from the field and 35.7% from beyond the arc in the first half.

The Pirates took some time to find their rhythm in the second half. A quick bucket from Rashaun Stimage cut the Pirate lead to 2. The Pirates would increase the lead back up to 9 only to see it brought back down again. Billy Garrett would hit a three pointer with 10:08 to go that would cut the lead to 3. From there the Pirates would dominate. A three pointer from Isaiah Whitehead would give the Pirates a 15 point lead. The Pirates would lead by as much as 18 points in the second half. Isaiah Whitehead was absolutely on fire in the second half. The Pirates would go on to win by a score of 80-66.

The Blue Demons were led by Billy Garrett who had 18 points. Myke Henry added 15 points and 4 rebounds. Rashaun Stimage chipped in 7 points and 7 boards. Aaron Simpson led DePaul with 4 assists. The Blue Demons shot 43.4% from the field and 37.5% from beyond the arc.

The Pirates were led by Isaiah Whitehead who had a career high 33 points. He also grabbed 5 rebounds and dished out 5 assists. Khadeen Carrington added 17 points and 4 assists. Angel Delgado led the Pirates with 10 rebounds. Desi Rodriguez added 11 points and Ismael Sanogo grabbed 9 rebounds. The Pirates shot 55.1% from the field and 48% from beyond the arc.

With the loss the Blue Demons fall to 9-21 on the season and 3-15 in Big East play. With the win the Pirates improve to 22-8 on the season and 12-6 in Big East play. Both teams now go on to the Big East Tournament. The Pirates will play on Thursday night at 9:30 p.m., the opponent is still being determined.

Check out the PPI below to see which players excelled. We will have a huge Big East Tournament preview as well as coverage of the Pirates first round match up. Until then, Hazard Zet Forward.

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Fuquan & Pirates Banish Blue Demons

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Lead by Senior Fuquan Edwin, the Seton Hall Pirates vanquished the DePaul Blue Demons in a bounce-back win Saturday night at the Prudential Center, by a final score of 86-69. After a heartbreaking one point loss at St. John’s University earlier in the week, Fuquan took to Twitter to with this promise to the fans:

And bounce back they did. The first half of the game was the Fuquan Edwin show, dropping 22 points on the lowly Blue Demons, who finished with 25 points at the half. Fuquan was a 3 pointer away from singlehandedly tying the score of the Blue Demons at halftime. While it was no doubt a mixture of DePaul’s incompetence and Fuquan’s brilliance, it’s a statistic that really puts the game into perspective. Finishing the game with 30 points, as well as adding another steal to his already school record, Fuquan kept his promise.

The Blue Demons haven’t been anywhere close to relevant in a long time, finishing dead last in the Big East standings every year since 2008. Seton Hall should never lose to DePaul, ever. Two seasons ago, the Pirates were a game away from virtually guaranteeing themselves an NCAA Tournament bid. All they needed was a win against against either DePaul or Rutgers. The Rutgers game is the classic rivalry, with there never being an easy win. DePaul on the other hand should have been an easy win. Sadly, then Freshman Jamee Crockett came off the bench, dropped 30 points and ended Seton Hall’s hopes of going dancing. Thankfully, the Pirates have not lost to DePaul since then, and Jamee Crockett has been serving an indefinite suspension. There was no one to stop the Pirates this time around.

The Pirates are now 3-4 in Big East play, good enough for fifth place in the conference. The Butler Bulldogs come to the Prudential Center this Wednesday, where the Pirates will look for their second straight win. As always, Hazard Zet Forward.