Ultimate News


Pirates Drop Nail-Biter to Louisville, 70-65


(Cale, Seton Hall)

NEWARK, N.J. – Junior Myles Powell (Trenton, N.J.) had a game-high 23 points, but the Seton Hall men's basketball team, up by as many as 12 points in the first half, fell to Louisville, 70-65, at the Prudential Center on Saturday.
Powell's 23 points came on the strength of 9-for-11 shooting from the free-throw line. Both Michael Nzei (Makurdi, Nigeria) and Sandro Mamukelashvili (Tbilisi, Georgia) also scored in double-figures for The Hall. Nzei had 12 points on 6-for-8 shooting, while Mamukelashvili finished with 10 points.  Both forwards had a team-best six rebounds.
Turning Point:
After leading by as many as 12 in the first half and as many as nine in the second half (52-43, 13:52), the Pirates found themselves down four points, 63-59, with 2:02 remaining when Powell drained a three-pointer to cut the Pirates deficit to just one. With the score the same and under a minute to play, Louisville's Ryan McMahon hit a three-pointer to put the Cardinals back up four with just 36 seconds left.  After a free-throw by Mamukelashvili, a steal of Louisville's inbounds pass and a put back by Anthony Nelson (New York, N.Y.) cut the Pirate deficit back to one, 66-65. The Pirates twice fouled Jordan Nwora in the final seconds, but Nwora was able to make all four of his free-throws to seal the victory for Louisville.
Louisville scored the first bucket of the second half to go ahead, 38-34, but the Pirates responded with an 11-1 run, capped by a pretty lay-in by Powell to take a 45-39 lead with 17:08 left in regulation.  The Pirate advantage grew to as many as nine points, 52-43, on another fast-break bucket by Powell, but the Cardinals stormed back with a pair of three-pointers by Ryan McMahon to cut the lead to 52-49 with 10:34 to go.  Nzei's layup put The Hall up 54-49, but then Seton Hall's offense went cold.  The Pirates made just one of their next 12 shots from the floor, and a scoring drought of 4:19 allowed Louisville to jump in front, 63-59.
Seton Hall started the game with a tenacious defensive effort, allowing Louisville to connect on only two of their first 11 shots (18.1%).  Meanwhile three-pointers by Powell and Myles Cale (Appoquinimink) helped the Pirates build a commanding 19-7 lead with 12:44 left in the first half.  The Cardinals however, found their stroke and rallied with a 13-2 run to cut the Pirates lead to one, 21-20, with 9:23 to go before the half.
The remainder of the first half played close with neither team taking a lead greater than six points.  With the score tied at 34, Louisville's Dwayne Sutton had a driving layup with under a minute to play to give the Cardinals their first lead of the game and send them into halftime up, 36-34.
Inside the Numbers:                     

  • Powell scored a game-high 23 points and was 9-for-11 from the free-throw line.  He also had four rebounds and a game-high four steals.
  • Seton Hall was 25-for-62 (40.3%) from the floor in the game, and only 3-for-18 (16.7%) from three-point range.  Louisville was 25-for-57 (43.9%) overall and 9-for-27 (33.3%) from downtown.
  • Nzei finished with 12 points on 6-for-8 shooting, six rebounds and four assists.
  • Louisville out-rebounded the Pirates, 42-to-28.  The Cardinals grabbed 10 offensive rebounds, compared to six for Seton Hall.  Louisville was able to generate 12 points on second chance points, while Seton Hall had seven points off offensive rebounds.
  • Mamukelashvili finished with 10 points on 4-for-6 shooting.  He also had six rebounds and a team-high four blocks.
  • Both teams shot well from the free-throw line.  Seton Hall was 12-for-15 (80.0%) from the charity stripe, while Louisville was 11-for-12 (91.7%).
  • Seton Hall forced 16 turnovers and was able to generate 21 points off them.  The Pirates committed only seven turnovers.

News & Notes:

  • The loss drops Seton Hall to 4-3 overall on the young season, while Louisville improves to 5-2.
  • The Pirates are now 6-14 all-time against the Cardinals. 
  • It is the sixth time in seven games this season that Powell has led Seton Hall in scoring.  It's also the fourth time this season that he has topped 20 points in a game, and the 12th time of his career.
  • With two three-pointers made today, Powell ties former Pirate Hall of Famer Arturas Karnisovas for ninth on the Seton Hall career list.
  • Seton Hall has lost back-to-back non-conference home games for the first time since 2010, head coach Kevin Willard's first season.
  • Willard's six-game winning streak against ACC opponents was snapped. Willard and Seton Hall hadn't lost to the ACC since Nov. 22, 2010 vs. Clemson.
  • Normally automatic when leading by at least seven points, Seton Hall fell to 68-8 in its last 76 games when reaching this scenario.

Up Next:
Seton Hall will return to action on Tuesday, Dec. 4 when it hosts New Hampshire at the Prudential Center.  Tip time is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.  The contest will be televised on FS1 and the Fox Sports Go app, and the tandem of Gary Cohen and Dave Popkin will have the call on AM970 The Answer, simulcast on the Pirate Sports Network.

Tags: None
Report Print

Read On: