The Seton Hall Pirates were back in action today against the Troy Trojans. The Pirates ended up coming out with a 78-69 victory. The Pirates improved to 7-2 on the season. With the loss the Trojans fell to 4-5 on the season. The Pirates also improved to 4-o on the year at the home.
The Pirates came out hot to start the game. Seton Hall jumped out to an early 11-2 lead on the strength of a Khadeen Carrington three pointer and the play making ability of Isaiah Whitehead. However, Troy would respond with a run of their own. With the Pirates offense slowing to a crawl, the Trojans built a lead that grew to as much as 8 points with 7:13 to go in the 1st half. From there the Pirates started to reassert themselves. By the end of the first half, the Pirates would hold a 36-30 lead.
In the 1st half the Pirates were led by Isaiah Whitehead who had 10 points. Desi Rodriguez has 9 points and 5 rebounds, and Michael Nzei chipped in 8 points and 4 boards. The Trojans were led by Jordon Varnado who had 12 points and 6 rebounds. Wesley Person chipped in 9 points, and John Walton III had 5 rebounds.
In the second half the Pirates started to find their groove offensively. Khadeen Carrington kicked off the scoring in the half with a three pointer and the Pirates would never look back. The Pirates never trailed in the second half and built a lead that was as large as 15 at one point. The biggest highlight of the second half came from Desi Rodriguez. With 7:56 to go in the game, Rodriguez flew threw the air to throw down a one handed alley oop from Khadeen Carrington. This fired up the crowd and was the highlight of the night. In the end the Pirates would come away with a 78-69 win.
Isaiah Whitehead put up 20 points for Seton Hall and added 7 assists. Angel Delgado posted his second straight double double. He had 12 points and 11 rebounds. The night belonged to Desi Rodriguez though. The sophomore put up 18 points and 11 rebounds. Khadeen Carrington was 3-4 from beyond the arc, and Ismael Sanogo added 6 rebounds. Michael Nzei also had another strong game with 1o points and 5 rebounds.
The Trojans were led by Jordon Varnado who put up 25 points and 11 rebounds. John Walton III had 8 rebounds, and Wesley Person added 14 points. B.J Miller reeled in 7 rebounds, and Jeremy Hollimon chipped in 12 points.
With the loss the Trojans fall to 4-5 on the season and 2-1 away from home. The Pirates improved to 7-2 with the victory and 4-0 at home on the season. The Trojans will now return home to face Paine College on December 17. Meanwhile, the Pirates will be back in action on Sunday at 2:30 against St. Peter’s University.
Check out the PPI chart below to see how each Pirate performed during the game against Troy. We will have full coverage of the game on Sunday. Until then, Hazard Zet Forward.