Elmore explodes for 21 points in Seton Hall's 79-60 win against Georgetown

Date: January 5, 2020

By: Michael Daly

The Seton Hall Pirates upended the Georgetown Hoyas 79-60 on Sunday afternoon at Walsh Gymnasium.

The game began with a turnover committed by Marvellous Osagie-Erese and Barbara Johnson snatched the ball away in transition, hitting a jumper on the right wing that gave the Pirates a 2-0 lead. Seton Hall started the game on a 6-0 run before Georgetown called a timeout at the 7:49 waypoint in the first quarter.

Osagie-Erese put the Hoyas on the board with a jumper less than a minute after the timeout was called. The score was 6-2 with 6:49 remaining. With 4:10 left in the first quarter, Shadeen Samuels backed down Georgetown’s defensive presence in the paint and scored a layup. Seton Hall led 10-3. On the next offensive sequence for the Pirates, Johnson broke away from the Hoyas’ defense and scored on a fast break opportunity making the score 12-3 with 3:49 to go.

Seton Hall closed out the first quarter on an 8-0 run in the final 90 seconds of the quarter against Georgetown. To open the second quarter, Johnson drilled a three-pointer and Seton Hall extended their lead to 18 points, 26-8. Georgetown went on a 6-0 run that was capped off with 7:02 left by a Tatiana Thompson jumper to pull Georgetown within 12 points of the Hall, 26-14.

Brianna Jones sank a jumper to send the action into a media timeout at the 4:42 mark, with the Hoyas behind 30-16. An immediate response came from the Pirates when Desiree Elmore registered a bucket in the low post. The lead increased to 32-16 at the 4:09 point in the first half. Less than two minutes remained in the second quarter when Mya Jackson dashed down the court for a fast break score, 39-20 lead for the Pirates.

 The score at the half was 39-23 in favor of Seton Hall. The Georgetown Hoyas gave up 24 points in the paint to the Pirates in the first half. Seton Hall forced 14 turnovers on Georgetown in the opening 20 minutes of play.

The Pirates started the first four minutes of play on an 11-4 run. During halftime, Seton Hall’s assistant coach Lauren DeFalco spoke on the game plan for the rest of the game; “We need to score right away in the second half and put the game away.”

Samuels sank two consecutive baskets to open the second half inside the first 90 seconds. 43-25 was the lead for the Pirates over Georgetown. Selena Philoxy’s dominance in the post was felt by Georgetown at the 5:51 mark with a layup, 50-27. Georgetown sparked a resurgence to close out the third quarter by going on a6-0 run in the last two minutes of the quarter. Seton Hall was out in front Georgetown 57-40.

The Pirates’ offense caught fire in the initial moments of the fourth quarter by going on a 5-0 run. 66-40 was the score with 8:10 remaining. Elmore’s aggression led to her getting fouled inside and she elongated Seton Hall’s lead to 35 points, 77-42 with 5:00 minutes left.

Seton Hall gave up a 15-0 run to Georgetown in the final four minutes of play. The Pirates finished the game against Georgetown on top, 79-60. Elmore dominated with 21 points and seven rebounds. Samuels and Jackson combined for 25 points on the afternoon.

The Pirates played balanced throughout the game and managed to hold off the Pirates; “Our unselfishness and our commitment to winning the game under any circumstance was great,” said Seton Hall’s head coach Tony Bozzella.

No. 16 DePaul is next on the schedule for the Hall, and coach Bozzella spoke on what the Pirates have to do against the Blue Demons; “We have to value the ball. They turn everyone over. We have to rebound the ball because they are one of the best rebounding teams. We have to play together.”

Seton Hall will be back in action on Friday night in Chicago, Illinois, against DePaul at 8 p.m.

Michael Daly is the Web Editor at WSOU Sports, and can be reached at

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