HALL RALLIES AT HINKLE: Pirates knock off #13 Butler for signature winDate: March 6, 2017
By Chris Schweitzer
The Seton Hall Men's basketball team was able to hold on for the huge win against Butler on the road at the Hinkle Fieldhouse, by a score of 70-64, and strengthen their bid for a NCAA Tournament spot.
The Pirates started the game on a roll jumping quickly out to an 8-0 lead early in the first half, but started to struggle after that point. Butler then went on a 14-0 run and took the lead against the Pirates. They also started the trend of the game with the streakiness of both teams as they went back and forth on scoring runs, and scoring droughts for long stretches at a time.
Seton Hall went into the half losing 38-35 despite shooting better from the field than Butler, and also hitting the same amount of threes. The difference for Butler in the first half was the amount of times they went to the free throw line. Butler took twelve free throws and made ten of them, while Seton Hall only took four shots while making three from the line.
After solid first halves from both teams they struggled a little more with their offense in the second half. Despite Seton Hall scoring the same amount of points in the second half as they did in the first, they shot a much worse percentage from the field. It didn't matter however as their tough defense proved to be too much for Butler as they only scored 26 points in the second half after putting up 38 in the first half.
The main difference in the game was Angel Delgado, who put up a monster stat line with 20 points and 16 rebounds, 7 of those rebounds coming on the offensive end of the court. Desi Rodriguez helped out by leading the game in scoring with 21 points and Khadeen Carrington also put up 17 points for the pirates. The Freshman Myles Powell had struggled in the previous game against Georgetown and those struggles continued throughout much of the game tonight before he hit two big three point shots late in the game, one of which gave the Pirates their first lead of the second half.
The Pirates were able to hold on to the lead in the back and forth game, and came away with the 70-64 win to end their regular season. Seton Hall will look to keep the momentum going into the Big East Tournament with a game against Marquette on Thursday March 9th at 2:30 PM in Madison Square Garden. We will have coverage on 89.5 FM WSOU, wsou.net and the iHeart Radio app.