Mamu double-doubles, Pirates vanquish UNH 77-57Date: December 4, 2018
By Michael Daly
Seton Hall defeated New Hampshire 77-57 on Tuesday evening at the Prudential Center.
To begin the contest, the Pirates had a 16-6 lead over the Wildcats at the 14:20 mark after Myles Powell was fouled while going up for a layup, and made the subsequent layups. The Wildcats were held scoreless from the 18:20 mark to the 12:59 mark until Nick Guadarrama hit a jumper from the elbow. Myles Cale knocked down a three point shot from the left wing at the 8:26 mark which gave the Pirates a 24-13 advantage.
After several minutes of limited scoring on both sides, David Watkins of New Hampshire went to the line after being fouled by Shavar Reynolds and hit one of two attempts at the line, making the game 26-16 with 2:27 left. Michael Nzei extended the Pirate lead when he scored a layup with 1:50 remaining. Chris Lester sank a three pointer for the Wildcats with just 22 seconds left. Nearly 21 second later, Quincy McKnight was fouled and made his second attempt. The Pirates finished the first half on top of the Wildcats 31-19.
To start the second half, Myles Cale scored a put-back layup inside from the left block to extend the Pirate lead to 35-21 just one minute and twenty-three seconds into the half. Marque Maultsby nailed a three pointer at the 14:50 mark to put his team within eight points, as the score was 39-31. The Pirates subsequently took a 45-33 lead with 11:33 to go in the contest. Jordan Reed and Lester of New Hampshire instantly responded with two made three pointers and they were behind 52-41 with 8:19 left.
With 4:43 left in the game, Michael Nzei scored a layup under the basket and was fouled, giving the Pirates a 63-45 lead. Mamukelashvili was fouled while rebounding a missed three pointer with 2:27 left in the game and he sank one of his two attempts from the line giving the Pirates a 70-47 lead. Seton Hall went on to win 77-57 over New Hampshire.
Mamukelashvili spoke about his teammate, Cale after the game. “He's capable of scoring like this on a daily basis. It takes a lot of pressure off of Powell... I feel like he’s one of the most talented guys on the team, and he’s still finding his spot."
A noticeable face missing from tonight’s Pirate lineup was Taurean Thompson Kevin Willard explained his absence in his press conference following the game. “Taurean sprained his left ankle in practice yesterday. He landed on someone’s ankle… We’ll see if he is ready for Kentucky on Saturday.”
McKnight led the Pirates in scoring with 18 points and added five boards and three assists to his statistics. Mamukelashvili and Cale supplemented the scoring with 14 points each, with Mamukelashvili earning the first double-double of the season for the Pirates.
The Pirates go to 5-3 on the season and face their toughest test to date against #9 Kentucky on Saturday at 12pm from Madison Square Garden.
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