Pirates Ground Hawks 75-65 Behind Sharp-Shooting Myles PowellDate: November 12, 2017
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By: Michael Lovero
After defeating one New Jersey team last Friday, the Pirates defeated another in the Monmouth Hawks, 75-65, in their first meeting since 2013. However, Kevin Willard is not a fan of New Jersey games.
"I hate these games," Willard said. "I know how good the players are, and I know these New Jersey coaches." The Hall still has St. Peter's, NJIT, and Rutgers to play in-state.
The Pirates started slow defensively and allowed for seven lead changes within the first 10 minutes of the game. Since then, the Pirates did not look back. Myles Powell, after putting up 10 points against Fairleigh Dickinson, came back with a 13-point first half. He had four rebounds and three assists to go along with his scoring, while shooting 7-for-13 from the floor and 4-for-9 beyond the arc, and finished the game with 18 points. Kevin Willard hinted there was more to come for the sophomore guard.
"I don't think everyone has seen how good (Powell) is going to be," Willard said.
It took a while, but Angel Delgado collected his NCAA-leading 52nd career double-double in the second half. He collected seven of his 11 rebounds in the second half, and finished the game with 17 points.
Though the Monmouth Hawks shot 44 percent from the three-point mark, the Pirates kept Monmouth in check inside the paint, only allowing 16 points in there. Micah Seaborn and Deion Hammond combined for 33 of the team's 65 total points. Hammond had 17 points from off the bench.
Michael Nzei has been getting the starts over Ismael Sanogo this season, but the two big men have shared the court and offered different abilities to the game. Nzei finished with 10 points and six rebounds (five offensive) in 22 minutes, while Sanogo finished with five rebounds and two assists.
Newly converted point guard Khadeen Carrington showed impressive ability from his new position. He finished the game with 14 points, four assists, four steals, and only one turnover. Carrington finished 0-for-6 beyond the arch, but Willard thinks his shooting woes will not last long.
"Once (Carrington's) legs get used to the workload, he'll start scoring," Willard said.
Willard credited the entire team's ability to share the ball as a reason for their success against Monmouth. "The group likes to pass the basketball; they don't get caught up in scoring." The Pirates finished the game with 16 assists.
After a 48 point first half, the Pirates only put up 27 points in the second quarter. While the starters were resting, the bench only scored seven points; Myles Cale accounted for five of those points. Though Monmouth started 6-for-10 from three-point range in the first half, the Hawks were held to a 1-for-6 three-point effort in the second half.
The Pirates will face the Indiana Hoosiers on Wednesday, November 15, at 6:30pm at the Prudential Center for the Gavitt Tipoff Games. The Hall is 1-2 against the Hoosiers, with their only win coming from their road to the NCAA Championship game in the 1989 NCAA Tournament. They defeated Indiana 78-74 in the West Region Semifinals in Denver, Colorado. Coverage begins at 6:15 on 89.5FM WSOU.