Pirates falls to Providence
Seton Hall Athletics
After a dramatic week at the Hall, The Pirates fell to the Providence Friars 69-62 on Saturday.
The Pirates now sit at 15-10 and 5-8 in the conference, this game being their fourth straight loss. The Pirates haven’t won a game since January 31st at the Prudential Center against Xavier.
The Friars, now 18-8, forced the Pirates to continuously turn the ball over in what was a choppy game between the two Big East teams.
It was a struggle on the glass for the Pirates in the first half, who got out-rebounded by the Friars 23-16. Leading rebounder for the Pirates Angel Delgado showed why he is first in the Big East with rebounds with 15 boards in the loss. He helped the Pirates finish off out-rebounding the Friars 40-36. His 15 rebounds matches his second-highest effort of the season. He also put up 15 earlier this week when the Pirates took on Georgetown. The freshman now has double-figure rebounds in seven Big East games this season, averaging 9.9 boards overall and 10.8 in conference play.
With Jaren Sina announcing his departure from the program on Wednesday, Senior Stephane Manga was added to the starting lineup for the Pirates. Manga stepped up for the Hall and put up seven points and four rebounds in the 21 minutes he played.
Manga helped the Pirates get off to a strong 8-5 start along with the help of Delgado. Each had four points hitting the 16th minute of the first half.
Other leading scorers for the Hall included Sterling Gibbs with 12 and Isaiah Whitehead with 20.
The Pirate’s lead didn’t last for that long due to nine turnovers by the Pirates in the first half alone. The pirates finished the night with 19 total turnovers.
The Pirates had trouble maintaining both LaDontae Henton and Kris Dunn on the offensive and defensive side. The duo led the Friars in scoring with 22 and 19 points respectively.
Seton Hall finished shooting 36.5 percent overall and 29.4 percent from three-point range. The Friars shot low as well, shooting only 38.1 percent and were 4-15 from three point range.
The Pirates will continue their road trip this week when they travel to Pennsylvania to take on the Villanova Wildcats. Tip-off is set for Monday at 7:00 p.m. Streaming of the matchup will be available on Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports Go.
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