The numbers that really stand out and jump off the page are 28-0. That is the run Seton Hall put together at the Pirates defeated St. John’s 80-65 Tuesday at the Prudential Center. It was the Red Storm’s second consecutive loss, both coming on the road.
Seton Hall closed out the first half on a 14-0 run. After leading 38-24 at intermission, Shaheen Holloway’s club started the final half on a 14-0 run. Do the math- that's 28-0 over the two halves. Game, set, match!
Offensive efficiency: Seton Hall 120, St. John’s 97
Danliss Jenkins led the way for St. John’s with 17 points. Zuby Ejiofor was the Red Storm’s other double digit scorer with 13 in a relief role. Seton Hall had five in double figures led by Al-Amir Dawes with 21. Former St. John’s guard Dylan Addae-Wusu haunted and shredded his former team to the tune of a 16 point, 10 rebound, 5 assist night for Seton Hall.
St. John’s forced Seton Hall into a 14 turnover night, resulting in a rate over the 20% cutoff. The four factors showed little else went St. John's way. Seton Hall pounded the offensive glass to the tune of 21-12 in raw numbers. The Pirates also drew fouls and frequently visited the charity stripe.
Steve Masiello ran the team in place of coach Rick Pitino, who was diagnosed with Covid. Missing Pitino and all the distractions regarding his absence and being on the road all added up. Regardless, minus those factors this was still Seton Hall’s night. Take nothing away from the Pirates and a superlative effort. The 15 point differential in the final tally fails to do justice in measuring the Pirate’s dominance. The Pirates (13-5, 6-1) have now won five straight and host Creighton at the Rock on Saturday. St. John’s (12-6, 4-3) entertains Marquette at Madison Square Garden on Saturday.