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The Seton Hall Pirates were back in action at the Prudential Center as they took on the #4 Villanova Wildcats. Led by Josh Hart and his team high 15 points and 10 rebounds, the Wildcats handed the Pirates a 72-71 defeat. The two teams met two weeks ago and the Pirates fell by a score of 72-63. The defeat was a tough one for the Pirates, as they had multiple chances to win the game down the stretch. We talked to Larry Flynn before the game and he told us to watch for Daniel Ochefu who had a great game against Seton Hall in there first meeting.

The first half saw Villanova in control for the majority of it. With 13:21 to go in the first half the Pirates held a 12-11 lead. The Pirates got a spark from Desi Rodriguez who hit three quick three pointers. The Wildcats would then take the lead and hold onto it until the Pirates tied it with 1:32 remaining in the half. At one point Khadeen Carrington scored 10 straight points for the Pirates. However, Villanova had an answer for the Pirates every time. Kris Jenkins, Ryan Arcidiacono, and Josh Hart all hit three pointers for Villanova in the first half. At the end of the first half, the Wildcats would hold a 35-33 lead.

The Wildcats were led by Josh Hart in the first half. Hart posted 8 points and 5 rebounds. Kris Jenkins posted 8 points and 3 assists. Jalen Brunson led the Wildcats with 4 assists, and Daniel Ochefu led the team with 3 blocks. Darryl Reyolds and Josh Hart led the team with 5 rebounds. The Wildcats were lighting it up from beyond the arc as they shot 57.1% from three point range.

The Pirates were led in the first half by Desi Rodriguez who scored 13 points. Khadeen Carrington also scored in double digits with 10 points. Angel Delgado and Ismael Sanogo each had 5 rebounds for the Pirates in the first half.

The second half was a nail biter. The Wildcats increased their lead to 9 on a few occasions, but the Pirates kept battling back. The Pirates would cut the lead down to 2 multiple times, but it seemed Villanova always had an answer. With 4:45 to go in the second half the Wildcats led by 4. From there, Isaiah Whitehead would score 6 straight points to give the Pirates a two point lead. A layup from Daniel Ochefu would tie the game at 69. With 32 seconds to go, Ryan Arcidiacono scored to give Villanova a two point lead. The Pirates had a chance to tie but Derrick Gordon’s layup attempt was blocked. The Pirates then had a chance to tie or win the game after a Villanova turnover, but the Pirates turned the ball over on the inbound. The Pirates would ultimately fall to Villanova by a score of 72-71.

The Wildcats were led by Josh Hart with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Kris Jenkins had 12 points and 4 assists for Villanova. Ryan Arcidiacono and Mikal Bridges each posted 10 points. Darryl Reynolds grabbed 8 boards and Jalen Brunson chipped in 9 points.

The Pirates were led by Isaiah Whitehead with 21 points and 5 assists. Khadeen Carrington added 17 points and Desi Rodriguez chipped in 14. Angel Delgado posted 12 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Ismael Sanogo grabbed 8 rebounds as well for the Hall.

With the win the Wildcats improve to 17-2 overall and 7-0 in Big East play. With the loss the Pirates fall to 13-5 overall and 3-3 in Big East play. The Wildcats will return home to take on the Providence Friars on Saturday. The Pirates will head to Cincinnati on Saturday to take on the Xavier Musketeers.

We would again like to thank Larry Flynn for all of his help this year. He is a terrific journalist and has a wealth of information on Villanova basketball. Give him a follow and check out his stuff! Check out the PPI to see which Pirates stood out. We will have full coverage of the Xavier game on Saturday. Until then, Hazard Zet Forward.

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Pirates Fall in Philly

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The Seton Hall Pirates were back in action on Wednesday as they traveled to Philadelphia to take on the Wildcats of Villanova. We were lucky enough to talk to Larry Flynn who is a junior at Villanova and writes for their newspaper, The Villanovan. He was kind enough to give us some insight on the Wildcats and offered his thoughts on the game. You can read the preview in our previous post. You can follow Larry on twitter @LFlynn_NBANOVA. Though the Pirates fought hard throughout this game, the Wildcats came away with the win 72-63.

The first half was a very defensive affair. The Pirates and Wildcats were both off on the offensive end. The game was very close until Kris Jenkins hit a three pointer with 6:38 left in the first half. From there the Wildcats would increase their lead to as much as 11 in the first half. Kris Jenkins was the player that Larry Flynn told us to watch for in this one. Overall, both teams were sloppy on the offensive end in the first half. The two teams combined to commit 16 turnovers in the first half. At the end of the first half the Wildcats were on top 30-23. The 23 points were the lowest first half score of the season for the Pirates.

The Wildcats were led by Daniel Ochefu with 9 points and 8 rebounds. Kris Jenkins added 6 points and Josh Hart added 5 rebounds. The Pirates were led by Derrick Gordon with 4 points and 3 rebounds as well as 2 assists. Isaiah Whitehead chipped in 5 points in the half for the Hall.

The second half was when both teams finally got going offensively. The Wildcats came out hot and scored the first 6 points of the half to push the lead to 13. Daniel Ochefu, Josh Hart, and Ryan Arcidiacono each had a bucket in that early spurt. The headline of the second half was so close, yet so far away. The Pirates cut the lead down on numerous occasions but would never take the lead in the second half. The best chance came around the 11:45 mark of the second half. A three pointer from Veer Singh brought the Pirates to within 2 points. Villanova responded and increased the lead to 7 before the Pirates would cut it to 3. Isaiah Whitehead and Khadeen Carrington were the catalysts.

The inside play of Daniel Ochefu proved to be too much for the Pirates. Down the stretch the Wildcats would open up the lead to as much as 15, ultimately winning by a 9 point margin. Daniel Ochefu was a big mismatch for Angel Delgado all night long. The Pirates gave up many second chance points and it came back to bite them. The Wildcats came out of this one with a 72-63 win over the Pirates.

Daniel Ochefu led the Wildcats in the win tonight. The senior had a huge game with 20 points and 18 rebounds. Josh Hart had a great game as well with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Larry Flynn told us that Hart was the most complete player on this Villanova team. Kris Jenkins posted 11 points and 6 boards. Ryan Arcidiacono chipped in 11 points for the Wildcats.

The Pirates were led by Derrick Gordon who played his most complete game of the season. The transfer from UMASS posted 8 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 assists. Isaiah Whitehead would score 20 in a losing effort for the Pirates. Khadeen Carrington added 14 points and 4 rebounds. Angel Delgado chipped in 6 boards, his double double streak is over after tonight.

With the victory the Wildcats improve to 13-2 on the season and 3-0 in Big East play. The Wildcats now sit alone atop the conference. With the defeat the Pirates drop to 12-3 on the season and 2-1 in Big East play. The Wildcats will head to Indianapolis on Sunday to take on the Butler Bulldogs. The Pirates will head home to take on Creighton on Saturday at the Prudential Center.

We would like to give a big thank you to Larry Flynn for his insight on Villanova basketball. He is a great journalist and is well worth a follow on twitter. Go and check out his stuff! Check out the PPI below to see which players excelled in this loss to Villanova.

We will have a full recap and coverage of the game on Saturday against Creighton. Until then, Hazard Zet Forward.

PPI vs Villanova

Pirates Breeze Past Bulls

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The Seton Hall Pirates hosted the South Florida Bulls in the final game of their non-conference schedule. The Pirates easily dispatched the Bulls en route to a 66-49 win. With the win the Pirates improved to 10-2 and the Bulls fell to 3-10 on the season. We caught up with Chris Lemus before the game. Chris covers USF sports and he was kind enough to take some time to talk about the Bulls and how they would fare against the Pirates. He believed Jaleel Cousins and Jahmal McMurray with both have a big impact on the game. He also said that the Bulls needed to be disciplined to have a chance at winning this game. He was definitely right on that point.

The first half was dominated by the Pirates. The Hall scored the first 14 points of the game. Khadeen Carrington highlighted this outburst with a great individual sequence. After hitting a three pointer, he stole the ball in the back court and finished with a layup to give him five points in 15 seconds. The Bulls didn’t get on the board until there was 9:59 to go in the first half. The Bulls cut the lead down to seven, but the Pirates increased the lead to 14 to end the first half. The Pirates led 33-19 after the first half. The Pirates were led by Angel Delgado who had 8 points and 6 rebounds. USF was led by Angel Nunez with 9 points.

The second half saw more of the same from the Pirates. The Pirates never allowed the lead to be cut to single digits in the second half. Our friend Chris Lemus said that the Bulls needed to be disciplined to win this game and he was definitely right. The Bulls were not disciplined in this game. They committed 15 turnovers on the night. Chris also mentioned that the Bulls were not a very good three point shooting team. He said that at one point the Bulls were ranked 346th in the nation in three point shooting. On the game the Bulls shot just 20% from beyond the arc.

It was a very balanced attack from the Pirates. There were many contributors for Seton Hall. The Pirates led wire to wire en route to a 66-49 win. The Pirates were led by Angel Delgado who put up 14 points and 11 rebounds. Veer Singh had his best game as a Pirate with 12 points, and Isaiah Whitehead dropped 10 assists for the Hall. South Florida was led by Angel Nunez who posted 19 points and 8 rebounds. Jahmal McMurray added 10 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists.

With the win the Pirates improve to 10-2 on the season as well as 7-0 at home. The Bulls fall to 3-10 and 0-3 on the road this year. Chris Lemus told us that he expects the Bulls to fare better in conference play. He feels that the team will get more accustomed to Orlando Antigua’s Kentucky style offense. Orlando Antigua is a disciple of John Calipari and runs a similar offense. It will be interesting to see how USF does this year in the AAC. The Bulls are currently without Roddy Peters, their big time transfer from Maryland. Chris seems to think the future is bright for USF. With the talent and continued coachingĀ of Orlando Antigua the future appears to be bright in South Florida.

South Florida will now enter conference play in the American Athletic Conference. The Bulls will host Houston on December 30 in their AAC opener. The Pirates will begin Big East Conference play on December 30 when they travel to Marquette. The Pirates took home their 5th straight win and will look to carry that momentum into conference play.

We would like to thank Chris Lemus again for his great knowledge and information on USF basketball. Chris is a great journalist and you can find him on twitter @ChrisJLemus. We will have full coverage of the Big East opener against Marquette on December 30. Until then, Hazard Zet Forward.

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Pirates Fall to 49ers

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The Seton Hall Pirates are down in Charleston, South Carolina for the Gildan Charleston Classic. The Pirates first round opponent was the Long Beach State 49ers. The Pirates and 49ers both came in with records of 2-0. However, Long Beach State would be the one who improved to 3-0 on the season with an 80-77 win.

The Pirates came out strong and built an 11-6 lead less than 5 minutes into the game. This would be the Pirates largest lead of the game, and they would be playing catch up for the rest of the night. At the end of the first half, Long Beach State held a 46-39 lead. The Pirates were led by Desi Rodriguez with 9 points in the 1st half. The 49ers were paced by Nick Faust with 11 points and Roschon Prince with 10. Prince also added 5 rebounds.

The second half did not start well for the Pirates. Long Beach State extended their lead to 16 at the midpoint of the 2nd half. The Pirates fought back though to cut the lead to 1 with 9 seconds left in the game. This was highlighted by a Khadeen Carrington 3 pointer and a beautiful shot in traffic by Isaiah Whitehead. After Long Beach State hit 2 free throws to make the score 80-77, Carrington had another look at a 3 to tie the game, but it came up short.

The Pirates were led by Isaiah Whitehead who had 21 points and 4 assists. Ismael Sanogo led the Pirates with 10 rebounds. Khadeen Carrington also added 15 points for the Hall. Long Beach State was paced by Nick Faust who scored 16 points. Travis Hammond added 14 points and Roschon Prince chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds.

This was a missed opportunity for the Pirates (2-1) as they would have had a chance to beat a ranked team (Virginia) in the second round. The Pirates will instead face Bradley (1-2) today at 7 P.M. Long Beach State moves on to take on Virginia in the semi-finals.

We will have coverage of the game against Bradley, with a full recap to follow. Until then, Hazard Zet Forward.