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The Creighton Bluejays soared to an 87-82 victory over the Seton Hall Pirates on Wednesday night. The Jays flew out to the Pirates’ home dwelling in Newark, New Jersey and kept their winning ways up. The victory over the Pirates was their second in a row, sixth in the last seven games and seventh in the last nine. For the Pirates, they’re now in a bit of an unusual place, as they’ve gone 2-2 in their last four games after going on a 10-game winning streak from December 19-January 29.
For much of the first half it was punch-counterpunch between the two sides. Creighton and Seton Hall traded blows for over half of the first 20 minutes, but the Pirates would then go on a run. Fueled by free throws made by star Myles Powell and the tandem of Quincy McKnight and Jared Rhoden, the Pirates would bring their lead up to five points with 7:35 to play. But Creighton then went on a run of their own. Thanks to Ty-Shon Alexander, Denzel Mahoney and Damien Jefferson, the Jays would strike for a 15-2 run that swelled their lead up to as large as eight points. Seton Hall would respond with a 6-0 run to tie the game at 39 points, but Marcus Zegarowski hit a jumper with a second remaining in the period to give CU a 41-39 lead at the break.
The competitiveness between the two sides wouldn’t end there. Each team fired off their best shots for over the first 10 minutes of the second half. Seton Hall went on a quick 7-0 run from the 8:50 mark to the 7:54 mark. But then, the Jays went on a 9-0 run from the 7:37 mark to the 5:38 mark. That 7-0 run catapulted them out to a 5-point lead with 5:38 to play. Powell would answer with a layup but Jefferson struck right back. McKnight would hit a pair of free throws, but there was Jefferson again, laying one up to keep the lead up to five.
McKnight and Romaro Gill would team up to bring The Hall within one. But then, Mahoney would strike with a 3-pointer and two free throws from Zegarowski brought the lead up to six points. Six would be as large as it would get from there, but The Hall just could not creep back further. Alexander and Mahoney would hit six straight free throws to end the game to give them their five-point W.
18 was the magic number for Creighton on Wednesday. Four players — Ty-Shon, Zegarowski, Jefferson and Mahoney — all hit the 18-point threshold. Christian Bishop hit double figures as well, as he scored 11 points on the night, giving the Jays five double-figure performances in the W. It’s no surprise why this team has succeeded all season long, as they’ve gotten efforts like this almost on a nightly basis. They succeeded at the FT line as well, going 21-for-25 at the line. They were bested in percentage by the Pirates, but the Jays had five more attempts and four more makes than The Hall.
McKnight led all SHU scorers with 20 points while shooting 50 percent from the field. Powell scored 12 points, but was an ineffective 3-for-16 from the field and 1-for-11 from beyond the arc. Gill and Sandro Mamukelashvili each scored 13 points while going a combined 11-for-16 from the field. Scoring wise, they packed a punch. But their 7-for-31 mark from 3 hurt by game’s end, even if they did fall just one bucket short of Creighton’s made 3-pointers (8). Funnily enough, both teams made the exact same amount of buckets — 29 — it’s just that SHU came away with six more attempts (69 to Creighton’s 63).
Creighton will look to add to their winning ways as they face the DePaul Blue Demons on Saturday. Seton Hall, meanwhile, hopes to return to form on Saturday when they go to Friartown to take on the Providence Friars.After two games on the road, the #10 Seton Hall Pirates are heading back home. They will take on the Providence Friars at 8:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday at Prudential Center. Seton Hall is coming into the contest hot, having won eight in a row.
Things were close when the Pirates and the St. John’s Red Storm clashed on Saturday, but the Pirates ultimately edged out the opposition 82-79. The Pirates can attribute much of their success to G Myles Powell, who had 29 points along with six rebounds, and G Quincy McKnight, who had 20 points and five assists along with seven boards.
Speaking of close games: Providence was close but no cigar on Saturday as they fell 78-74 to the Creighton Bluejays. One thing holding the Friars back was the mediocre play of G Alpha Diallo, who did not have his best game; he finished with only eight points on 3-for-13 shooting in his 35 minutes on the court.
The Pirates are the favorite in this one, with an expected 8.5-point margin of victory. They have been consistent moneymakers against the spread when favored (9-3), so they might be worth a quick bet.
Seton Hall got away with a 65-63 win when the two teams previously met in January of last year. Will they repeat their success, or does Providence have a better game plan this time around? We’ll find out soon enough.Myles Powell has been the unquestioned leader in No. 10 Seton Hall’s run to the top of the Big East Conference.
But even the best players have bad games, as Powell did Wednesday night in the Pirates’ 87-82 home loss to Creighton. On a night where scoring came easily for most, it didn’t for Powell. The guy averaging nearly 22 points per game managed just 12 on 3-of-16 shooting, hitting just 1 of 11 from 3-point range.
“We can’t rely on him all the time,” teammate Quincy McKnight told reporters. “He’s going to have a game like this. We’ve just got to bounce back like we always do.”
Powell and Seton Hall will try to return to form Saturday night with a trip to Providence for a conference clash with the Friars, who are going through problems of their own. At 13-12 overall and 6-6 in the Big East, Providence hasn’t had the season it envisioned back in the fall.
The Friars’ latest loss came on Wednesday night, where it had trouble figuring out St. John’s pressure defense and lost 80-69 in Queens. Providence coughed up the ball 23 times, allowing the Red Storm to steal the ball on 12 occasions.
“I thought it was our inability to stay mentally dialed in. We knew it was coming,” Friars coach Ed Cooley told the Providence Journal of St. John’s tactics. “We played them before. Obviously, playing in this bandbox, they turn up the heat a little more. It was a bad performance by all of us.”
Starting guards David Duke and Maliek White combined for 11 turnovers. Another guard, Luwane Pipkins, came off the bench and hacked up four turnovers in only 20 minutes. The Red Storm converted those mistakes into 22 points.
Picked to finish fourth in the Big East’s preseason poll, Providence simply hasn’t played with the consistency needed to play in the conference’s upper echelon. It has shot poorly, canning only 40.5 percent from the field and 31.5 percent on 3-pointers, which has made its offense inefficient even though it’s scoring 70.1 points per game.