PHILADELPHIA – The "Let & # 39; s go Pirates" call was breathtaking. The result was also not expected. Seton Hall's story was made Saturday afternoon.
After 26 years and 17 losses in a row, outsider Seton Hall won in Villanova. And this game, a tough 70-64 win in front of a disappointed crowd at Wells Fargo Center, is preparing the twelfth pirates to win their first Big East season crown since 1993.
Seton Hall won 10 points ahead of American Myles Powell shortly before the first half and overtook Villanova in tenth place, three games before the Wildcats the Great East with a win in hand.
Led by Powell's 19 points and Sandro Mamukelashvili's best performance since returning from a broken right hand, Seton Hall improved to 7-0 in the street league game. Kevin Willard's team made it through with the defense and Villanova out with 36.1 percent shot. Junior star Collin Gillespie, pursued by die-hard defenders Quincy McKnight and Shavar Reynolds, only scored 12 points in the 4:14 shootout for Villanova. The pirates were the more physical team, won the fight on the glass (43-32) and in color (26-14) and achieved a brilliant performance from Mamukelashvili with 17 points and eight rebounds.
Seton Hall got the go-ahead and quickly built up a 10-point lead. It kept Villanova on the perimeter, got uncontested shots, and was 20-10 after a Powell 3-pointer. But this momentum didn't last.
Villanova ended the game with a 21-7 win and held Seton Hall 3-5 in the final without a hit. The pirates started coughing the ball – they had 10 sales in the first 20 minutes – and the Wildcats let them pay and put on a Saddiq Bey sweater. Powell scored nine points in the opening verse, but took nine shots to get it and managed to get only two free throws in the 10:39 final.
Seton Hall started the second half like the first, picking up six consecutive points with three Powell and Rhoden hands to take back the lead. Romaro Gill, who suffered a restriction in the first half due to nasty problems, made himself felt when he rejected Jeremiah Robinson-Earl in a duel and scored his first points in a duel.
It was a struggle for both teams. Seton Hall rose five points and Villanova quickly replied four points in a row. After hitting a 3-pointer and pushing the lead back to 4, Powell whistled for his fourth foul and tried to run around freely on a screen with 9:31.
With Powell on the bench, the pirates were able to stay in the lead and eventually managed to clear some air. After a Mamukelashvili crash with a lead of 4:42 minutes, they rose to six. There was a small "Let's go pirate" call.
Seton Hall made history in Philadelphia on Saturday afternoon. More