Angel Delgado's 14 points and 16 rebounds helped Seton Hall handle Central Connecticut State Sunday at Prudential Center. Pirates head to Iowa for first road trip of season Thursday. (Photo by Fox Sports)
NEWARK, NJ -- Seton Hall's first encore since an impressive opening-night win against Fairleigh Dickinson proved in many ways to provide more of the same.
For starters, there was a second pregame ceremony to raise a Big East championship banner to the rafters of the Prudential Center, followed by an Angel Delgado double-double. On top of that, four Pirates scored in double figures as the Hall defeated their second Northeast Conference opponent in as many games, cruising to an 82-58 victory over Central Connecticut State Sunday afternoon to move to 2-0 on the year.
"I thought they came out with good defensive intensity," head coach Kevin Willard said on an afternoon where the Pirates led wire-to-wire against CCSU and first-year head coach Donyell Marshall. "We got up 24-4, but when we get the lead, we tend to be a little loose with the basketball. We just need to keep our offensive intensity going a little bit more."
Seton Hall jumped on the accelerator early following matching layups from Delgado and CCSU's Tyson Batiste, going on a 24-2 run over the next 11 minutes to take a 26-4 lead that the youthful Blue Devils (1-1) could not fully overcome.
Khadeen Carrington led The Hall and all scorers for the second consecutive game, recording 18 points in the winning effort. Delgado amassed 14 points and 16 rebounds, while freshman Myles Powell added 13 and Desi Rodriguez contributed 12 of his own. For CCSU, Mustafa Jones' 11 paced the Blue Devils, with Batiste accounting for 10 points.
The Pirates now embark on their first road trip of the season, traveling to Iowa for a Gavitt Games matchup on Thursday before competing in the Advocare Invitational at the end of the month in Orlando.
NOTES: Angel Delgado's double-double was the 25th of his career, coming in his 67th game. Seton Hall is 21-4 when Delgado in those outings. Khadeen Carrington continues to be the Pirates' most efficient shooter on the young season, shooting 68 percent (15-for-22) from the floor and 90 percent (9-of-10) from three-point range. The Pirates continue to rack up points in the paint, as 91 of their 173 markers to date have come in the lane...Seton Hall outscored CCSU 40-30 in that department Sunday afternoon. Walk-ons Michael Dowdy Jr. and Manny Anderson saw their first action of the season in the final minutes; for Anderson, it was the first game of his career. A crowd of 6,354 was on hand to see the Prudential Center opener...Seton Hall's next home game comes December 1 against Columbia and new head coach Jim Engles.