Junior Khadeen Carrington (Brooklyn, N.Y.) scored a career-high 28 points on 10-of-16 shooting, and three other members of the Seton Hall men’s basketball team scored in double figures, but the Pirates’ late push ended in an 81-76 defeat to Florida in the first round of the AdvoCare Invitational Thursday at HP Field House.
Seton Hall (3-1) will now face Quinnipiac Friday night at 7:30 p.m., live on ESPNU, WatchESPN, AM970 The Answer and the SHU Pirates App.
Carrington continued his hot start to the season, scoring 20-plus for the third time in four games this season. Freshman Myles Powell (Trenton, N.J.) added 16 points, junior Angel Delgado (Bajos De Haina, Dominican Republic) had 13 and junior Desi Rodriguez (Bronx, N.Y.) scored 12.
The Pirates trailed for much of the second half, but after falling behind by eight, 69-61, with 5:20 to play, The Hall rallied behind big time shots from Delgado, Powell and sophomore Michael Nzei (Makurdi, Nigeria). With 1:54 remaining, Carrington moved into the lane, missed a shot, grabbed his own rebound and made the second effort that went in and drew a foul. He completed the three-point play to pull the Pirates within two, 73-71.
The Pirates then got a stop on defense, but turned it over on the ensuing possession, leading to a KeVaughn Allen jumper for the Gators, who went back up four, 75-71. The Hall could not get any closer as Florida made six of eight free throw attempts in the final 40 seconds to seal it.
Inside the Numbers
- Seton Hall shot 42.9 percent for the game, making 27 of 63 field goal attempts. Florida shot 44.8 percent, making 26 of 58 shots.
- The Pirates out-rebounded the Gators, 40-38, and used 15 offensive rebounds to generate 15 second chance points.
- Both teams turned the ball over 12 times, though Seton Hall was able to get 23 points off turnovers compared to Florida’s 16.
- Carrington’s 28 points were a career high, surpassing the 27 he scored against Creighton on March 10, 2016 and in this year’s season opener against Fairleigh Dickinson on Nov. 11. Dating back to last season over the course of his last 10 games played, he’s averaging 19.1 points.
- Carrington has now scored 20-plus points in three of four games this season and nine times in his career.
- Carrington also now is 57th all-time in scoring in Seton Hall history with 845 career points.
- Powell continued his strong start to his collegiate career, scoring 16 points and making three three-pointers.
- Rodriguez narrowly missed a double-double, going for 12 points and nine rebounds.
- Delgado had his 36th career double-digit scoring game with his 13 points.
- Allen led Florida with 21 points. Canyon Barry added 20 points.
News & Notes
- This was Seton Hall’s first loss when leading at halftime since March 4, 2015, snapping a string of 23 straight wins when leading after the first 20 minutes.
- Seton Hall is now 1-2 all-time against Florida. The last meeting between the two teams occurred Nov. 28, 1987.
- The Pirates fell to 4-4 in games against SEC teams under head coach Kevin Willard.
- The loss prevented Seton Hall’s first 4-0 start since 2014-15 when the Pirates were 7-0.
Seton Hall will take on Quinnipiac Friday at 7:30 p.m., live on ESPNU and the WatchESPN app. Gary Cohen and Dave Popkin will have the radio call on AM970 The Answer, which will be simulcast on the Pirate Sports Network through the SHU Pirates App.