The Seton Hall Pirates kept it rolling Thursday night, beating the Georgetown Hoyas in the second round of the Big East Tournament at historic Madison Square Garden. The star of the game, and highlight reel machine, was Myles Powell. No surprise here as the junior from Trenton, New Jersey continued his amazing play, dropping 31 points, including a Big East Tourney record 29 of them in the first half! He put on an absolute show, bringing everyone to their feet with each deep and contested three point shot. Being at The Garden Thursday night I was able to witness history, and be part of the electric crowd.
The Hall handled the Hoyas in dominant fashion. They ended the first half leading 53-28, which was something not many people thought would be the case. The young Pirates looked poised, and hungry from the start of the game. Head coach, Kevin Willard did a phenomenal job with his flow of substitutions, making sure to give guys (including Powell) optimal rest. Myles Cale got back on track too, knocking down a handful of 3 point baskets. The Myles and Myles duo proved to be a significant part of the Pirates burying Georgetown.
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Seton Hall’s big night was not all offense. Their decision to play a 2-3 defensive zone worked tremendously! It set the tone from the get go and held Georgetown to just 28 points in the first half.
It was a night to remember for Powell and SHU fans. They need to make a quick turnaround though, bringing the same energy and focus Friday night against a tough Marquette team in the second half of the conference’s semifinals. Big East player of the year, Markus Howard, will be the one that the Pirates need to keep their focus on defensively.
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When it’s all said and done, I expect Seton Hall to bring the Big East title back to South Orange. Let’s go Hall!