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No. 22 Seton Hall 84, Indiana 68 (Myles Cale (Middletown, Del.)

No. 22 Seton Hall 84, Indiana 68 (Myles Cale (Middletown, Del.)

NEWARK, N.J. – Senior NEWARK, N.J. – Senior Desi Rodriguez (Bronx, N.Y.) scored a season-high 23 points and Angel Delgado (Bajos De Haina, Dominican Republic) notched his third straight double-double and fourth of the season as the No. 22 Seton Hall men’s basketball defeated Indiana, 84-68, in the Gavitt Tipoff Games on Wednesday.

The Pirates used a big offensive second half to pull away from the Hoosiers.  The Hall shot 57.7% in the second half and committed only four turnovers.  The result was The Hall turning a one-point halftime advantage into a 16-point victory.
Rodriguez was 8-for-12 from the floor, including 2-for-3 from three-point range.  He also was 5-for-6 from the free-throw line.  Delgado had a season-high 18 points to go with 11 rebounds, four assists, two blocks and two steals.
Turning Point:
Seton Hall (3-0) applied defensive pressure from the very start, holding Indiana to just two points over the first 5:47 of the game.  In that time, the Pirates built a solid lead, and a breakaway dunk by Myles Cale (Middletown, Del.) gave the Pirates a 10-2 advantage.  Indiana responded with a 9-2 run of their own to cut the Pirate lead to one, but The Hall took off offensively again.  A 9-2 spurt by The Hall, fueled by five points from Khadeen Carrington (Brooklyn, N.Y.) put the Pirates on top, 27-18, with 6:54 remaining before halftime.
Late in the first half, the Hoosiers mounted another rally, using six Pirate turnovers to take a 30-29 lead with 2:15 left in the first half. But a Delgado put-back and a pair of free throws by Rodriguez sent The Hall into the locker room with a one-point lead, 33-32.
Indiana scored first in the second half, but then the Pirates went on a 10-0 run, capped by a three-pointer by Carrington to give them a 43-34 lead with 16:49 to go, and force a Hoosier timeout.  Out of the break, the Pirates continued their onslaught, and the run grew to 20-5, with the last eight Seton Hall points coming from Myles Powell (Trenton, N.J.), to put the Pirates on top, 53-39, with 13:51 left to play.
The Hoosiers twice cut the Pirate lead to 10 points, but didn’t get closer the rest of the way.
Inside the Numbers:
  • Seton Hall shot a robust 57.1% (28-for-49) from the floor for the game, compared to 49.1% (27-for-55) for Indiana.  The Pirates were hot from long-distance, connecting on 9-of-17 shots (52.9%), while the Hoosiers were 6-for-18 (33.3%).  The teams had similar accuracy from the line, but The Hall had far more shots.  The Pirates were 19-for-29 (65.5%), while Indiana was 8-for-12 (66.7%) from the charity stripe.
  • Delgado, who had 27 double-doubles in 33 games last season, now has three in his first three games in 2017-18 and has four in a row dating back to last season.  Tonight’s is the 53rd of his career, which leads the NCAA among active players. 
  • Rodriguez now has 12 career games of 20 or more points as he continues to score at a high rate since the start of BIG EAST play last season.
  • Carrington had a season-high 17 points on 5-for-7 shooting, including a trio of three-pointers.  He also had a team-high five assists.
  • Powell finished with 11 points on the strength of three, three-pointers, to go with four assists.
  • The rebounding battle was close, with the Pirates narrowly out-rebounding the Hoosiers, 31-to-27.  Both teams had nine offensive rebounds and 11 second chance points. The Pirates have out-rebounded each of their three opponents so far this season.
  • Seton Hall forced 18 turnovers, while Indiana forced 15.  Both teams had 21 points off turnovers.
News & Notes:
  • Seton Hall improves to 2-2 all-time against Indiana.  Seton Hall’s other victory came in the Regional Semifinals of the 1989 NCAA Tournament.  This was the first meeting between the Pirates and Hoosiers since 1998.
  • Seton Hall is now 2-0 in the Gavitt Tip-Off Games.  Last year, the Pirates defeated Iowa on the road, 91-83.
  • The Hall has now won six straight games against teams from the Big Ten Conference.
  • With 19 points tonight, Delgado passes former Pirates Herb Pope, Jamar Nutter and Richie Regan into 31st place on Seton Hall’s career scoring list.  He currently has 1,175 points.
  • Delgado has reached double-figures in scoring in 17 of his last 18 games dating back to last season.
  • For the third time in the last four years, and the second year in a row, Seton Hall has won its first three games of a new season.
  • Seton Hall was a perfect 16-0 last season when out-shooting its opponent.  Through three games in 2017-18, they’re 3-0 and have out-shot all three of its opponents.
  • The Pirates have now won 19 straight non-conference games at the Prudential Center and are 62-8 all-time in non-BIG EAST contests at The Rock.
  • The No. 22 Pirates improve to 145-48 all-time when ranked nationally.
Up Next:

Seton Hall will return to action on Saturday, Nov. 18 when it hosts local rival NJIT at the Prudential Center.  Game time is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.  FS2 and FOX Sports GO will carry the game with Dave Sims and Sarah Kustok on the call.  Gary Cohen and Dave Popkin will provide the radio broadcast on WMCA 570 AM, simulcast on the Pirate Sports Network, available on SHUPirates.com and the SHU Pirates Mobile App.  Tickets for the contest can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com.

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