Prudential Center—All last season Shaheen Holloway preached about starting games with energy and a sense of purpose. Tonight the Pirates started a little slow and sluggish but regrouped in the second half to get the W.
Kadary Richmond scored 18 points to lead the Seton Hall Pirates (1-0) in a 70-59 win over St. Peters’s (0-1) on Monday at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.
The Pirates has won its last 13 home openers and is 84-12 (.875) all-time at the Prudential Center against non-conference opponents, they went 6-0 against them last year.
The Peacocks set the tone early and lived off the perimeter game to keep the Pirates off balance in the first half. Latrell Reid gave the Hall fits with his dribble drive penetration in that frame. Reid the lead way going into the break with 10 points.
The Pirates shot a dismal 34.6% (9-26) from the field and 20% (1-5) from beyond the arc but was only down by one going into the locker room (27-26).
In the second half, the Pirates settled down and worked their offense through Al-Amir Dawes who connected on three deep treys in a row to put the Hall on his back. Dawes finished the game with 14 points who only had a bucket in the first.
There were 17 lead changes and 6 ties, it was a game Hall had to have but almost let it slipped through their fingertips.
At the 8:24 mark the game was all tied at 47 but Dawes and Dylan Addae-Wusu went to work extending the game by 11 with less than a minute in regulation. The Pirates got 30 points in the paint and played better defense on the perimeter in the second half to starve of St. Peter’s. Addae-Wusu chipped in 10 points doved all over the court for loose balls in the second half.
Latrell Reid led the Peacocks with 14 points and 4 rebounds.
“Honestly this is the game I thought this would be. I told my team St. Peters is scrappy and tough. To tell you the truth, we didn’t match their energy in the first half but I will tell you this we will get better.” Seton Hall head coach Shaheen Holloway said.
Seton Hall will play on Sunday, November 11 when it hosts FDU in Walsh Gymnasium. Tip time is scheduled for 4:00 P.M.
St. Peters will play Sunday, November 11 at NJIT for 4:00 P.M.