Seton Hall holds on to beat DePaul,74-66, in Powell's returnDate: December 30, 2019
By: Joe Cammarota
Seton Hall opened up conference play with a 74-66 victory at the red-hot DePaul Blue Demons, Monday night. Although his presence was in doubt, Seton Hall star Myles Powell not only played, but started for the Pirates in the late-night slate. Powell showed why he was voted Big East Preseason Player of the Year, as he scored 27 in the victory.
DePaul jumped all over the Hall early, as they went on a 7-0 run early on in the first that knocked the preseason Big East favorites on their heels. Seton Hall did not want this to become a repeat of their performance against Rutgers, and sophomore winger Jared Rhoden did not let that happen as two early threes brought the Hall back in the game.
DePaul was able to work well inside the arc early on, as they shot 59% from two in the first half. Paul Reed and Charlie Moore helped DePaul jump out to a 37-31 lead at the half as Moore and Reed contributed eight and nine points in the first half. Reed had his way with the Seton Hall front court as he went 4/5 from the field as well as 1/2 from behind the arc.
Seton Hall came out of the break on fire as Powell scored a quick five points for the Pirates and Myles Cale and Tyrese Samuel both drained shots form long distance to cut the lead to one. Seton Hall came out the under-16 media timeout hot, as they were able to take the lead after Cale continued his good night from the field with a put-back basket. Cale scored 16 in his breakout performance of the season.
Reed and company did not let Pirates hot start demoralize them as they stayed right with Seton Hall as the half progressed. A deep three from Jalen Coleman-Lands took the top off of Wintrust Arena to retake the lead for the Blue Demons.
The game would go back and forth from there with the lead changing hands on multiple occasions. Powell showed his closing ability, as he was able to steer the Pirates to victory over DePaul. Powell was able to get to the line in bunches towards the end of the game which helped propel the Pirates to victory.
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