Seton Hall rallied from two 17-point deficits in the second half but came up just short in the end after being shut down by Georgetown in a 73-67 loss. Sterling Gibbs led all scorers with 22 points in his second game back from suspension.
After Tyler Adams flushed home a ceremonial dunk to start the game, Seton Hall looked like they were in for a tough day early. Georgetown was able to free up several wide open shooters on the perimeter in their first few possessions and took a quick 16-7 lead despite playing without D`Vauntes Smith-Rivera (lower body injury).
A mid-half 7-2 run showed signs of life and was cooked up by the trio of Angel Delgado (10 pts, 15 rebs), Isaiah Whitehead (2 pts, 5 asts), and Sterling Gibbs (22 pts, 4 asts) and brought Seton Hall back into the game before a flurry of turnovers interrupted their flow.
Inversely, a 10-2 Seton Hall run that cut their deficit to one at 25-24 was fueled by the Hoyas going 1 of 7 from the field including two turnovers that the visitors were able to get out in transition nicely off of. 10 first half turnovers and 1 of 8 free throw shooting from Seton Hall spoiled what was a pretty solid 20 minutes.
As we saw on display on Wednesday and what Gibbs called a "downfall" of the Hall's season, the Pirates came out of the half sluggish and Georgetown put up a quick 9-0 run to extend their lead to 17 as a result. Gibbs kept Seton Hall within a shout after a trio of three-pointers midway through the half, two of which came from well beyond NBA range, but a poised Hoya attack extended their lead back up to 17 at the under-eight.
Also like the Providence game, it appeared that Seton Hall suffered from a lack of focus and not energy today. The Pirates mounted a late 19-5 run that saw their deficit shrink to six prior to Josh Smith going to the line with 1:39 to play. The Hoyas clamped down on defense on Seton Hall's next two possessions to seal the victory with Isaiah Whitehead noticeably seated on the bench with four fouls during the rally.
Delgado posted his 10th double-double of the season while Gibbs played as well as any game this season and Brandon Mobley (15 pts, 7-11 fg) was very efficient offensively. Senior Jabril Trawick led the Hoyas in scoring with 19 while Tre Campbell stepped up nicely in DSR's place, scoring 13.
Seton Hall is now locked into the 8th spot for the Big East Tournament and will play either Marquette or Creighton next Wednesday at Madison Square Garden.