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Rodriguez Scores 29, Hits Game-Winning Shot to Lift Seton Hall Over No. 17 Louisville in True Road Victory

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Rodriguez Scores 29, Hits Game-Winning Shot to Lift Seton Hall Over No. 17 Louisville in True Road Victory

Louisville, Ky. - With the game tied at 77-77, the final seconds ticking away and ice in his veins, senior Desi Rodriguez (Bronx, N.Y.) scored the game-winning layup in a lane full of traffic to lift the Seton Hall men’s basketball team past No. 17 Louisville, 79-77, Sunday afternoon at KFC Yum! Center. Rodriguez finished the game with 29 points, one shy of his career high.
The win is Seton Hall’s second over an Associated Press ranked team in the last four days; the Pirates also toppled No. 22 Texas Tech this past Thursday. And this is the second consecutive true road game that the Pirates have won over a ranked opponent; last March the Pirates won at No. 13 Butler. This was also Seton Hall’s first win in Louisville since Feb. 25, 1952. 
Rodriguez was 12-for-18 from the field and also grabbed eight rebounds. Senior Khadeen Carrington (Brooklyn, N.Y.) finished the game with 18 points and four assists. Senior Angel Delgado (Bajos De Haina, Dominican Republic) produced his fifth double-double of the year and NCAA leading 55th of his career with 10 points and 13 rebounds.
Turning Point
The Pirates found themselves trailing by seven points, 59-52, with 11:33 left in the second half, but after a 30-second timeout, The Hall punched back as Carrington hit a floater in the lane, Rodriguez swished a jumper ofhis own after a Louisville missed three, and freshman Myles Cale (Appoquinimink) stole the ball and made a layup in transition to get the Pirates to within one, 59-58.
The Pirates took the lead on Carrington’s and-one finish at the rim, making the free throw at 7:26 to put the Pirates up 62-61. Senior Ismael Sanogo (Newark, N.J.) then read the Louisville passing lane perfectly for a steal and fast break dunk to make it a three-point advantage, 64-61.
Louisville and Seton Hall traded buckets until the Pirates had a layup from Delgado and a jumper from Carrington to put The Hall up 74-71 with 2:15 to go. Sophomore Myles Powell (Trenton, N.J.) hit what looked to be a dagger three-pointer at 1:40 to put The Hall up four, 77-73.
But Louisville fought back with a layup from Dwayne Sutton, followed by a Seton Hall shot clock violation. Dang Adel then tied the game up with a jumper with under 30 seconds left to make it 77-77.
With plenty of time to take the final shot. Seton Hall put the ball in the hot Rodriguez’s hands, as the unguardable Desi drove to the rim on his left side and made the bucket with under four seconds remaining. Louisville’s game-winning three-point attempt missed.
Inside the Numbers
  • Seton Hall shot 45.6 percent for the game, going 31-for-68 from the field. The Pirates struggled from the three-point line at 6-for-21. Louisville shot 49.1 percent for the game at 28-for-57 and also struggled from behind the arc at 7-for-23.
  • The Pirates dominated the paint scoring at 40-26 over Louisville. 
  • The Hall forced 16 Louisville turnovers and turned them into 16 points.
  • Rodriguez scored a season-high 29 points on 12-of-18 shooting. It was his third straight 20-point game and fourth of the season. He also grabbed eight rebounds and recorded two assists.
  • Carrington poured in 18 points, including 12 in the second half. He was 7-for-16 from the field and he added four assists and four rebounds against just two turnovers.
  • Powell is the only Pirate to score in double figures in every game this season; he had 13 points and made a trifecta of three-pointers.
  • Delgado recorded his NCAA leading 55th career double-double and fifth of the season with a hard-earned 10 points and 13 rebounds. He also dished out two assists.
  • Sanogo finished with six points and three rebounds.
News & Notes
  • Seton Hall has now won back-to-back games against Associated Press ranked teams in just a four-day span, also knocking off No. 22 Texas Tech earlier this week. The Pirates also have now won back-to-back true road games over ranked teams; they defeated No. 13 Butler at the end of the 2016-17 regular season.
  • This was Seton Hall’s first win at Louisville since Feb. 25, 1952 and first win over the Cardinals in any venue since Jan. 21, 2010, snapping a five-game losing streak.
  • Seton Hall is now 51-3 over its last 54 games when holding at least a seven-point lead at any juncture of the contest.
  • Carrington jumped into 22nd all-time in Seton Hall history in scoring, surpassing Levell Sanders. He now has 1,410 points.
  • Seton Hall is 6-0 this season when Rodriguez is the team’s leading scorer. The team is also 27-8 all-time when he scores at least 15 points.
  • Seton Hall has now beaten teams from “Football Five” conference four times this season – Indiana, Vanderbilt, Texas Tech, Louisville.
Up Next
Seton Hall will play in the Never Forget Tribute Classic against VCU on Saturday, Dec. 9 at Prudential Center (not a home game). Game time is 3 p.m., and Gus Johnson and Donny Marshall will have the national television call on the FOX Broadcast Network, simulcast on FOX Sports GO. The dynamic duo of Gary Cohen and Dave Popkin will deliver the radio broadcast on AM970, simulcast on Sirius 93, XM 202 and the Pirate Sports Network.

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