It has been a rough few weeks to say the least for Kevin Willard and his Seton Hall Pirates squad. What looked to be a promising season, has quickly taken a downturn as they have dropped their last two games (Iowa State and Rutgers). Wins against Wagner and Sacred Heart got them off to a good start, and they had impressive battles against Michigan State and Oregon, in fact they could have/should have won both. Myles Powell was looking like the All-American star that he is and Sandro Mamukelashvili had finally become the reliable second option that Powell, Willard, and SHU fans were hoping for.
Fast forward to the past few weeks, and it has been somewhat of a nightmare for The Hall. It started with “Mamu” fracturing his hand on a hard fall during the Iowa State game. At the time doctors said he’d be sidelined for up to two months. Ouch,… literally and figuratively!
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The next hardship came in the first few minutes of Saturday’s Garden State Hardwood Classic against Rutgers, when Powell hit his head hard on the floor while taking a charge. He was later diagnosed with a concussion and did not return the rest of the game. Afterwards, Willard said this about Powell’s condition:
“He asked me during the game, he goes, ‘Why are we practicing at Rutgers?”’ We sat down in the timeout and his eyes kind of rolled in the back of his head and it kind of just hit him like a wave. He got whacked pretty good, and luckily he’s starting to come through it just a little bit right now, and we’ll watch him overnight and put him in concussion protocol. With concussions, you just really have to be careful.”
According to the university, he is “out indefinitely”. Perhaps he will return for the December 30 game against DePaul, stay tuned. As for Seton Hall’s performance against Rutgers, …. I’ll leave that one to you all to decide when you view the box score.
It has indeed been a tough stretch of late for the Pirates, but the season continues on nonetheless. The #7 Maryland Terrapins visit The Rock Thursday night for what once looked like a clash of top 10 teams. With Powell and Sandro out, can Willard get his team to rally around each other and step up? Only time will tell if Seton Hall can turn their Pirates ship around and head in a positive direction.
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