Carrington's historic night leads Pirates past #20 Creighton

Date: February 16, 2017

 Angel Delgado held his hand up palming the ball in triumph one last time when the clock struck zero on his 20th double-double of the season in a hard-fought 87-81 Seton Hall victory of the #20 Creighton Bluejays.

The Bluejays went on an early run to get the lead up to as much as 7, with the help of Cole Huff and Marcus Foster, but the Pirates took advantage of a scoring drought to erase the deficit midway through the first half. Desi Rodriguez collected 14 of his 18 total points in the first half, and complimented Khadeen Carrington's 19 point first half.

Ismael Sanogo was another difference maker in the first half. The junior forward was missed the last two games, but returned to help. He finished the night with 3 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals, and one block in 24 minutes of play in his return.

Seton Hall started the second half slow, allowing Creighton to get to as much as a 7-point lead. However, Angel Delgado led the offensive and held locked down redshirt freshman Justin Patton, limiting him to 2 total rebounds the entire game. Delgado finished the night with 17 points and 17 rebounds. 

Khadeen Carrington finished the night with a career 41 points and 7 assists in a career day. Kevin Willard praised his guard’s efficiency, he said, “I loved how efficient he was… he made his free throws, he rebounded, he defended. That was the best game I've seen him play from an all-around standpoint.”

What Willard thought sparked Carrington's historic game, however, was not a bucket or an assist. He said, “I thought him diving on the floor in the first half got him going. He made a great play, got a loose ball, got a jump ball for us… Sometimes you've got to get a rebound or a steal to get going.”

Kevin Willard explained how he and the team, specifically Carrington, stayed positive after the 78-70 road loss against St. John’s. He said, “I knew we were going to be in good shape when we were walking back to the locker room after the press conference (at St. John's), he (Carrington) said 'coach, don't worry, I'll get it back.’” 

Carrington said, “I was mad about the loss (against St. John's), but I didn't let it stick with me. At this point of the season, you just have to bounce back from losses.” Carrington's 41 points is the most any player has scored in the Big East this season and the first 40 point game since Sterling Gibbs did it against Illinois State on November 24, 2014. 

But what went under the radar was Angel Delgado's big second half, where he saw himself reach the 1,000 career points milestone. Willard said, “he stayed very composed,” throughout the game. Delgado had 15 points and 12 rebounds in the second half. 

Carrington even praised his teammate by saying, “Angel's the best big man in the league, I've been saying that for a while. He didn't start off well, but he finished the game well. He owned the paint.” 

The Pirates shot 26 for 51 (51%) tonight from the floor, 7 for 17 (41%) beyond the arch, and 28 for 39 (72%) from the free throw line, and out-rebounded Creighton 42 to 25. 

The Pirates continue their gauntlet of home games against #2 Villanova this Saturday, and Khadeen Carrington cannot wait. When asked if he was excited to face them, he replied, “of course.”

Next broadcast of Seton Hall men's basketball will be this Saturday, February 18, when they take on #2 Villanova at Noon. You can listen in on 89.5FM, WSOU.net, or on WSOU through the iheartradio app.

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