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Seton Hall overcomes 20-point first half deficit, wilts in second half to drop third straight

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Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports

Despite turning around a 20-point first half deficit, Seton Hall collapsed in the second half under a commanding 27-10 Georgetown onslaught to drop their third-straight game and their seventh over their last ten games.

Sterling Gibbs led the Hall in scoring with 17 points while Angel Delgado posted his eighth double-double of the season after tallying 12 points and 15 rebounds. D`Vauntes Smith-Rivera led all scorers with 23 points and 5 steals.

The first half contained a little of everything. Looking like they were going to top their dismal 17-4 start against Marquette on Saturday, Seton Hall once again came out of the gates with no energy and Georgetown took full advantage. The Hoyas made several open three-pointers and jumped out to a 15-0 advantage in points off of turnovers with the Hall coughing the rock up on their first three possessions.

Prepared to lock and load, Georgetown jumped out to a 27-7 start going into the under-12 timeout. Sitting at rock bottom, Seton Hall utilized an acrobatic Sterling Gibbs layup while falling into the stands and a brilliant Isaiah Whitehead (9 pts, 3 asts) pass to Angel Delgado (12 pts, 15 rebs) for an easy score on the low block to get a 22-6 run of their own started. The nice finish from Delgado was just the tip of the iceberg as the freshman forward carried his eighth double-double of the season into the locker room with a hard-earned 10 and 10.

Unfortunately for Delgado, his beast-like effort was topped by one of Georgetown's heralded freshmen. Getting just his second start of the season, Isaac Copeland put on a show, tallying an instrumental 20 points and 8 rebounds.

Following Seton Hall's 22-6 run that cut their deficit to six at 35-29, a few tough no-calls from the officials provoked a dead-ball technical from Sterling Gibbs that gave Georgetown a late four-point flurry after scoring just once in over three minutes.

Trailing by five at the half, it looked like Seton Hall had turned the corner after back-to-back threes from Brandon Mobley (11 pts, 5 rebs) and Gibbs that tied the game at 44., but it would turn out to be a cruel tease. The momentum shifted further in the Hall's favor after Mikael Hopkins (3 pts, 7 rebs) and Josh Smith (4 pts, 2 rebs) both picked up their fourth fouls prior to the under-16 media timeout, but apparently the Hoyas had enough.

Utilizing massive Isaac Copeland put-backs and red hot shooting, Georgetown put their foot down both offensively and defensively. With their two most experienced forwards sidelined, Copeland sparked a rout that would span the final 14-plus minutes of the game. More importantly, John Thompson III's team clamped down on defense and a common denominator for most of this season, Seton Hall's struggling offense caused their defense to wilt.

Overall, Georgetown would outscore Seton Hall 32-15 after the hosts tied the game up and prior to the under-four media timeout when Kevin Willard called off the dogs by subbing out some of his starters.

Seton Hall drops to 15-9 (5-7) while Georgetown snapped a two-game skid to improve to 16-8 (8-5).