Seton Hall stumbles out of the gate, razed by Georgetown 74-52

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Confused by the dimming of the lights in the Verizon Center, the Pirates mistook fouls as turnovers, committing a comeback-crippling 8 of them before the first TV timeout of the second half.

Aided by a soon-to-be trademarked slow start from Seton Hall, Otto Porter and Georgetown overpowered Seton Hall 74-52 at the Verizon Center tonight. The Pirates were at their old tricks again before most of the Hoya faithful could even find their seats on an unseasonably warm January evening. Forgetting their abnormally quick start at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Seton Hall managed to turn the ball over eight times before the under-12 media timeout while making just three field goals, a Seton Hall self-infliction special. Pouring salt into the wound, Georgetown coach John Thompson III squeezed 3 points out of walk-on John Caprio (Seton Hall Prep, N.J.) before halftime, a scoring total larger than that of three Seton Hall starters at the time… combined.

Nursing an incredibly comfortable 20-6 lead at the under-12, Georgetown eased off the gas pedal as their offense stalled following the relegation of Otto Porter to the bench after he picked up a second foul. Seton Hall threw together a 12-3 run over the middle 7 minutes of the half, trimming the Hoyas’ lead to 7 with 4:38 to play before giving Georgetown a 32-22 cushion to work with at the half.

Ignoring any halftime adjustments made by Seton Hall, the Hoyas jumped out to a 7-nil run in the second half and never looked back. The Pirates remained lifeless after the break, gift-wrapping Georgetown a 20-point lead after Seton Hall scored just 2 points in the first 5:46 of the second half. Confused by the dimming of the lights in the Verizon Center, the Pirates mistook fouls as turnovers, committing a comeback-crippling 8 of them before the first TV timeout of the second half.

Armed with an arsenal of advantages that probably raised some red flags at the nearby Pentagon, Georgetown incubated their double-digit second half advantage by running a slow-paced Wisconsin-like offense -- the Hoyas play at just the 301st fastest tempo in the country. Never leading by less than 10 points after the break, Georgetown cruised to a 74-52 win to support their 53-51 upset of Louisville over the weekend.

After a pleasantly surprising start but ultimately predictable letdown against St. John’s at the Garden on Sunday, it's puzzling that Seton Hall came out so slow tonight and never really turned it around. Predicted to win by around 10 points, Georgetown flirted with winning by 30 prior to removing key players before the under-4 timeout.

Tonight’s contest, if you can call it that, wasn't even close. The only thing close were the 25 turnovers committed by the Pirates, a total just 1 shy of a season-high 26 turnovers against LSU. Seton Hall never led at any point and trailed by more than 7 points for the entire game, after the first 5:31. With Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and Connecticut looming on the horizon, Kevin Willard and his team need to turn things around before a dignity-saving game at the RAC on February 12th.

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