NEWARK - Seton Hall put to rest any whispers of a trap game as they blew past Mount St. Mary's 78-55 on Tuesday night in Newark to improve to 6-0. Khadeen Carrington led a balanced scoring effort with 16 points while three other Pirates reached double figures (Delgado 13 & 9, Whitehead 12, Gibbs 11). The Hall absolutely scorched the Prudential Center nets by shooting north of 70-percent late in the second half and 64-percent on the night.
Instead of pumping the brakes on the pace early on, Mount St. Mary's attempted to match Seton Hall's full court pressure and both teams were able to cash in on transition baskets. Shifty 5-foot-5 point guard Lamont "Junior" Robinson proved why he has seen starters minutes as a freshman for Jamion Christian while Seton Hall was looking to run out at every chance.
"I was willing to give them some easy buckets and some open threes early just to get our guys running and get their blood flowing and get the pace going," diagramed Kevin Willard post-game. "At home, I'll play that way all day long."
Though a staple of "Mount Mayhem", trying to make the game more uptempo proved to be a fatal mistake for the Mountaineers.
"We knew they were going to run a press, so our whole thing was break and attack for lay ups, try to get to the free throw line," said Willard.
Seton Hall powered out to a 20-point advantage late in the first half after Khadeen Carrington pickpocketed Junior Robinson in the backcourt and capitalized with an emphatic slam, his first of two such plays in a brief period of time. Carrington provided a spark on both sides of the ball off the bench and it fueled his career-high 16-point effort.
"I was in a little slump, so this is kind of like a breakout game for me," said Carrington. "Get some easy buckets, get some easy steals, get my teammates involved. It was a big game for me."
After leading by 16 at the half, Seton Hall's advantage quickly swelled back north of 20 after they came out of the locker room on an 11-0 run. The Pirates were winning all of the individual battles with Sterling Gibbs scoring at will while Brandon Mobley and Angel Delgado controlled the low blocks. Mount St. Mary's was handicapped at forward after 6-foot-11 Kristijan Krajina picked up three soft fouls in the first half and Seton Hall took full advantage, outscoring the Mountaineers 52-22 in the paint.
Seton Hall's offense took Mount St. Mary's to school, missing just two shots in the second half until shortly before the under-four media timeout. As a result, the Mountaineers were kept at several arms length as the Hall flirted with a 30-point cushion for much of the second period until the Mountaineers scored several baskets late to make the final score more respectable.