NEWARK, N.J. – Showing resolve in spite of having a tough game, junior Khadeen Carrington (Brooklyn, N.Y.) scored six points over the final 38 seconds of the game to transform a Seton Hall men’s basketball 66-63 deficit into a 69-66 victory over Marquette in a BIG EAST matchup at Prudential Center Sunday evening. Carrington finished with 12 points, five assists, two steals and seven rebounds including a crucial offensive board in the final seconds.
In another dominating performance, junior Angel Delgado (Bajos de Haina, Dominican Republic) tallied his eighth consecutive double-double with 18 points on 9-of-13 shooting and 12 boards. Junior Ismael Sanogo (Newark, N.J.) continued his push for the title of best defensive player in the nation as he had a critical offensive rebound and a steal in the final minute.
For the Golden Eagles, Katin Reinhardt recorded a team-high 17 points and shot 5-of-8 from three-point range.
In a game that featured eight lead changes and four ties, each team overcame deficits of eight or more. Marquette used an 8-0 run that included two treys by Reinhardt, to grab its largest lead of the game at 22-12 with 10:54 to go in the opening frame.
SHU then closed the first half on a 21-10 run to take a 33-32 lead at the break. The Pirates were able to close the margin due in large part to strong defense, six points from Delgado, and five points, one steal and one assist from senior Madison Jones (Raleigh, N.C.). Additionally, nine of SHU’s 15 field goals in the opening half were credited with an assist.
The Hall grabbed its largest lead of the game following a Delgado layup at 12:27 in the second half to take a 50-42 advantage.
However, the Golden Eagles used an 18-8 run to take a 60-58 lead with 5:18 on the clock. The teams then traded buckets before a Reinhardt layup gave Marquette a 66-63 advantage with 38 seconds to go.
Next, Carrington was fouled driving to the hoop and converted the layup to put the Pirates within one, 66-65. He could not convert the ensuing free-throw, but Sanogo battled for his third offensive rebound of the game and drew a foul.
Sanogo missed the front end of the 1-and-1, but a scrum for the loose ball ensued and Carrington wound up with another Pirates offensive board before laying it in, drawing a foul and hitting the “and-one” free throw. With 24 seconds remaining, the Pirates were now on top 68-66.
The following Marquette possession was short-lived, as Sanogo came up with a steal before the Golden Eagles could run an offensive set. Carrington made one of two foul shots to take a three-point lead with 10 seconds to go. Marquette had a chance to tie the game on its final possession, but excellent defense from Jones and junior Jevon Thomas (Queens, N.Y) forced Marquette’s 16th turnover of the game to seal the victory.
Inside the Numbers
- The Pirates shot 51.8 percent (29-of-56) from the field and held Marquette to 41.9 percent shooting, as the Golden Eagles shot exactly 13-of-31 in each half.
- Marquette shot 6-for-14 (42.9 percent) from beyond the arc in the opening frame including a 5-of-7 performance from Reinhardt. However, they were just 3-for-10 over the final 20 minutes, and finished the game 9-for-24 (37.5 percent) from deep. Reinhardt did not convert his only 3-point attempt in the second half.
- Delgado turned in another dominant performance with 18 points and 12 rebounds to secure his eighth consecutive double-double and 10th of the season. He is averaging 16.6 points and 12.8 rebounds during his double-dip run as the Pirates are now 28-5 when he obtains a double-double, including 22-1 over the last two seasons.
- Carrington finished with 12 points in the game, all of them coming in the second half. He now has 1,022 career points and is now tied for 38th all-time in Pirates history.
- Junior Desi Rodriguez (Bronx, N.Y.) totaled 12 points and two assists, while Sanogo collected eight points and eight boards, and Jones scored eight points and dished out three assists.
- SHU’s 10 steals are tied for its second most in any game this season.
- The Hall held a 40-32 advantage in the paint and 16-13 edge in second-chance points.
- The Golden Eagles scored 18 points to SHU’s 12 off turnovers, and outscored the Pirates 10-0 on the break.
- SHU out-rebounded MU, 35-32, and has now had more rebounds than its opponent in 12 of 14 games this season.
News & Notes
- Seton Hall has won three straight games in the series with Marquette after previously only going 3-15 against the Golden Eagles all-time.
- The Pirates have won eight consecutive home games (seven at Prudential Center) dating back to last season.
- This was the fourth time this season a Seton Hall game has ended with a margin of five points or fewer, and the Pirates are now 3-1 in those games (wins over California, South Carolina & Marquette).
- The Hall is now 35-1 in its last 36 games (dating back to the start of the 2015-16 season) when holding at least a seven-point lead at any point in the contest.
- The Pirates avoided an 0-2 start to BIG EAST play with the victory, and the program has never started 0-2 in seven seasons under head coach Kevin Willard.
- Seton Hall has not lost back-to-back games since Jan. 20-23, 2016, a stretch of 29 games.
Seton Hall will be on a bye mid-week and will return to the court on Saturday, Jan. 7 when the Pirates host DePaul at Prudential Center at noon. The game will be nationally televised on CBS Sports Network, and Gary Cohen and Dave Popkin will have the radio call on WMCA 570 AM, Sirius 108, XM 201 and the Pirate Sports Network (available on SHUPirates.com and the SHU Pirates Mobile App).
Tickets to the game can be purchased on Ticketmaster.com or by calling (973) 275-HALL or visiting the Seton Hall Athletics Ticket office during normal business hours.