The Seton Hall Pirates were back in action today as they took on the Georgetown Hoyas in Washington, D.C. The Pirates were looking to complete the season sweep against the Hoyas. The first meeting was a 69-61 victory for the Hall back on February 6. Before the game we had the pleasure of speaking to Chris Haines from Georgetown’s SB Nation page. He provided some excellent insight which can be seen in our previous post. He predicted a Georgetown win, but the Pirates would ultimately prevail 72-64.
The first few minutes were back and forth until the Pirates took the lead with 15:59 remaining in the first half on an Angel Delgado layup. From there, the Pirates would lead the rest of the game. Desi Rodriguez jammed home several alley oops in the first half. The Pirates would lead by as much as 11 in the first half. With 1:22 remaining in the half, L.J. Peak would hit two free throws to cut the lead to 1. However, the Pirates would score 7 straight points to go into halftime with a 36-28 lead.
The Hoyas were led in the first half by Jessie Govan with 9 points. D’Vauntes Smith Rivera added 7 points for the Hoyas. L.J. Peak chipped in 6 points. Marcus Derrickson led Georgetown on the boards with 6 rebounds. Smith-Rivera led the Hoyas with 2 assists in the first half. The Hoyas shot 38.5% from the field and 14.3% from beyond the arc in the first half.
The Pirates were led by Isaiah Whitehead with 11 points and 5 assists in the first half. Angel Delgado led the way on the boards with 7 rebounds in the first half. Khadeen Carrington chipped in 7 points, and Desi Rodriguez added 8 for the Pirates. The Pirates shot 43.8% from the field and 50% from beyond the arc in the first half.
The Pirates led throughout the second half, but still had to fend off several Georgetown surges. With 13:33 remaining in the second half, Angel Delgado knocked down a free throw to give the Pirates a 16 point lead. This would be the largest lead of the night for the Hall. The Hoyas would trim the lead to 6 with 9:36 to go in the second half. The Pirates did not make a field goal for the final 14 minutes of the game, getting all of their points from free throws. The Pirates proved to be the more resilient team and wound up coming away with a 72-64 win.
The Hoyas were led by Jessie Govan who scored 27 points, grabbed 7 rebounds, and blocked 2 shots. D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera added 18 points, grabbed 7 rebounds, and dished out 4 assists. Marcus Derrickson also grabbed 7 rebounds for the Hoyas. L.J. Peak chipped in 10 points and Tre Campbell led the Hoyas with 5 assists. The Hoyas shot 37.7% from the field and 22.2% from beyond the arc.
The Pirates were led by Isaiah Whitehead who scored 22 points and dished out 6 assists. Khadeen Carrington added 18 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Desi Rodriguez chipped in 17 points and Angel Delgado grabbed 11 rebounds. The Pirates shot 38.5% from the field and 50% from beyond the arc.
With the loss the Hoyas fall to 14-13 overall and 7-7 in the Big East. With the victory the Pirates improve to 18-7 overall and 8-5 in the Big East. The Hoyas will take on the Xavier Musketeers on Saturday. The Pirates will travel to Madison Square Garden on Sunday to take on the St. John’s Red Storm.
We would like to again thank Chris Haines for his insight on the Hoyas. He can be found on twitter @chrismchaines. Give him a follow, he is a fantastic journalist! Check out the PPI below to see which Pirates excelled today. We will have full coverage of the St. John’s game on Sunday. Until then, Hazard Zet Forward.