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.

PPI vs DePaul (2)

Pirates Open Up Conference Play, Dispatch Golden Eagles

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The Seton Hall Pirates opened Big East play against the Marquette Golden Eagles. Prior to this game we had the privilege of talking to Jack Goods. Jack provided us with some great info. You can see his answers to our questions in our previous post. Jack told us some things to watch for and really helped us with our research on the Marquette Golden Eagles. Jack told us to watch for Luke Fischer and Henry Ellenson, the two big men for Marquette. He anticipated that Marquette would try and get the ball in their hands as much as possible and he was definitely right. After a tight start to the game, the Pirates came out with an 83-63 victory.

The first half was a very closely contested affair. The Pirates led for most of the half but never built a solid lead. After a pair of free throws by Desi Rodriguez, the Pirates led by 11, which was their largest lead of the first half with 14:42 to go. Haanif Cheatham and Jajuan Johnson helped Marquette cut into the lead and eventually they would take a 1 point lead into halftime. At the break the Golden Eagles led the Hall 40-39.

The Golden Eagles got a huge first half from freshman Haanif Cheatham. He led Marquette with 15 points and 2 steals. He helped cut into the lead and eventually give Marquette the lead. Henry Ellenson had a monster half on the boards as he grabbed 10 rebounds. The freshman has really been a huge player for Marquette this year. Jack Goods told us that Ellenson has generated the most noise at Marquette since Dwyane Wade. He told us that Ellenson has done it all and he is still finding his way. He will continue to get better and the rest of the Big East should be on watch. Jack proved to be quite accurate when saying Marquette should work the ball through Fischer and Ellenson. Marquette was 0-6 from 3 in the 1st half.

The Pirates were led in the first half by Desi Rodriguez with 14 points. Isaiah Whitehead added 11 points, and Khadeen Carrington chipped in 6 rebounds. Ismael Sanogo added 5 rebounds for the Hall and played stellar defense on Henry Ellenson.

The second half was all Pirates. Seton Hall wasted little time in reclaiming the lead, and then took over in the second half to dominate the Golden Eagles. With 7:39 remaining in the game, Duane Wilson hit two free throws to cut the lead to 9. From there the Pirates went on a 14-3 run to pull away for good. The Pirates played a great game despite committing 20 turnovers on the night. Ismael Sanogo and Khadeen Carrington had big dunks in the 2nd half. Isaiah Whitehead distributed the ball well, and the Pirates cruised to an 83-63 win.

The Pirates were led overall by Desi Rodriguez. The sophomore tallied 19 points and 5 rebounds. Khadeen Carrington added 17 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, and 4 steals. Isaiah Whitehead chipped in 16 points and 7 assists, and Angel Delgado added 11 points and 11 rebounds. As previously mentioned, Ismael Sanogo did a great job defending Henry Ellenson down low.

Marquette was led by Haanif Cheatham with 17 points. Freshman Henry Ellenson posted 13 points and 14 rebounds. He is a force to be reckoned with in the Big East. Luke Fischer added 12 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 blocks. Marquette was ice cold in the second half as they only put up 23 points.

With the loss the Golden Eagles drop to 10-3 on the year and 0-1 in Big East play. The loss snaps the 9 game winning streak for Marquette. With the win the Pirates improve to 11-2 on the season and 1-0 in the Big East. Marquette will head to Washington D.C. to take on Georgetown on Saturday. The Pirates will head home to take on DePaul on Saturday.

Big thanks again to Jack Goods for all his help. He is a tremendous journalist and a great person to follow on twitter. He can be found at @GoodsOnSports. He also writes for the Marquette Tribune. Thank you again Jack!

Check out the PPI below to see which Pirates players shined in the Big East opener. We will have full coverage of the DePaul game on Saturday. Until then, Hazard Zet Forward.

PPI vs Marquette