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Seton Hall thrashes Maine to finish non-conference 10-2

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Stephane Manga goes up for a dunk against Maine at Walsh Gym.
Stephane Manga goes up for a dunk against Maine at Walsh Gym.
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SOUTH ORANGE - Seeking to end their non-conference schedule on a high note, Seton Hall outmatched Maine and coasted to a 72-43 win on Saturday in Walsh Gym. Sterling Gibbs led all scorers with 18, Jaren Sina and Angel Delgado pitched in with 13 and 10, respectively, while Isaiah Whitehead sat out his first game with a stress fracture that has his right foot in a walking boot. Khadeen Carrington added 12 off the bench. All 11 available Pirates saw action while Brandon Mobley played just three minutes due to a bout with the flu.

After finding themselves in a quick 5-0 deficit over the first two minutes, but Seton Hall quickly turned things in their favor and raced out to sizeable first half advantage powered by a dominant 27-2 run. The Pirates shut down Maine's offense with eight early steals, culminating in 14 first half points off of turnovers. Freshman tandem Khadeen Carrington and Angel Delgado produced 19 points before the intermission.

Flaunting a 36-16 advantage at the half, Seton Hall expanded their lead and made it untouchable at 49-21 shortly after the break before cruising the rest of the way. Although the absence of Mobley and Whitehead played a factor, Seton Hall head coach Kevin Willard rotated players early and often, utilizing his entire bench before the half.

The win gives Seton Hall a final non-conference record of 10-2 before they host St. John's on New Year's Eve at Prudential Center. Maine falls to 1-10, the loss is their fifth in a row.