Pirates take sobering lesson in loss to Nebraska

The Seton Hall men’s basketball team miraculously stayed close for most of its game against Nebraska on Nov. 14 but ultimately fell, 80-57.

The Pirates once again relied on Myles Powell’s offensive prowess to drive the team. Powell came away with 15 of the team’s 27 first half points despite not hitting a single three-pointer.

The team as a whole went 0-for-6 from three in the first half, exemplifying the inconsistency that plagued the team all game. Whether it be the 14 turnovers or shooting 36 percent from the field, the Pirates simply could not muster up enough to propel themselves over the Cornhuskers.

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Throughout the game, Seton Hall continued to exhibit a lackluster shot selection. Meanwhile, Nebraska was whipping the ball around Seton Hall’s half to find open looks from downtown.

Although shooting at an impressively poor rate, the Pirates only trailed by six at the break. The deficit was cut to just two points with 13 minutes to go, but the Pirates could never tie the game back up nor get a lead.

Nebraska routinely exerted its will on Seton Hall, extending its lead further and further by the minute. With time running out, Seton Hall continued its erratic offensive behavior in desperation to bring the game back. The inexperience of the team with a floor complimented by the likes of Myles Cale and Anthony Nelson certainly showed as time ticked past.

The game was blown open by the Cornhuskers with five minutes left in the game, as the gap grew to 15.  As crunch time hit, the Pirates failed to grab essential rebounds. In total, Nebraska outrebounded Seton Hall 44 to 38 on the game.

The final dagger came with a three-point play from Glynn Watson Jr. to make the Nebraska lead 20 with a few minutes to play. Michael Nzei was shaken up on the play, but he got up and jogged off on his own power.

The big loss for the Pirates serves as a teaching lesson moving forward for Kevin Willard and his staff. It was a humbling experience against a team that received votes for the AP Top 25 rankings. Although it was a game that the Pirates may have pulled off in the past with the likes of Khadeen Carrington, Angel Delgado and Desi Rodriguez, the same story could not be told on Wednesday night.

Powell finished at the top of all Seton Hall scorers, rightfully, with 24. It was an uncharacteristic performance from him, however, as he went only 1-for-9 from beyond the arc.

The next closest to Powell was Nzei with 13. No other Pirate finished in double figures.

Seton Hall will look to bounce back from this loss when it closes out the Gavitt Tipoff Games against St. Louis on Nov. 17.

Kevin Kopf can be reached at kevin.kopf@student.shu.edu or on Twitter @KMKTNF.

Author: Kevin Kopf

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