NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Angel Delgado scored 15 points and grabbed 18 rebounds, Khadeen Carrington scored 15 and Desi Rodriguez added 13 points, seven rebounds and five assists, leading No. 23 Seton Hall to a 74-62 victory over Manhattan on Saturday at the Prudential Center.
The victory was the seventh in eight games for the Pirates (11-2).
Myles Powell had 13 points for Seton Hall before he was ejected in an altercation right before halftime. Michael Nzei had 10 points to give the Pirates five players in double figures.
The Jaspers (5-7) were led by Zane Waterman who had 14 points and Calvin Crawford, who had 10.
The Pirates put the game away with a 13-0 run in the first half, keyed by five straight points from Powell on a 3-pointer and a steal and thunderous slam and capped by Powell’s layup off a drive, giving the Pirates a 36-20 lead.
Rodriguez and Powell paced the Pirates with 13 points each in the half, with the Pirates holding a 49-27 lead.
Delgado scored on a dunk and a free throw that pushed the lead to 54-31 with 17:40 left.
Patrick Strzala hit two straight 3-pointers to bring the Jaspers within 74-56 with 2:52 remaining.
The Jaspers then scored four straight points with the Seton Hall starters on the bench to slice the lead to 74-60 with 2 minutes remaining.
The Pirates are the only Division I team to have three players who have scored 1,000 or more points during their career in Carrington, Delgado and Rodriguez. All three scored in double figures Saturday and rank among the top 30 scorers in the history of the school, with Delgado moving past Donnell Williams into the No. 29 spot Saturday. Carrington ranks 18th and Rodriguez 27th among all-time leading Seton Hall scorers.
STRANGE SERIES LEAD
Although Saturday marked the first time the schools faced each other since 2005, Manhattan leads the all-time series 27-21. But the teams have faced each other only three times since 1985.
WELCOME BACK JORDAN
Seton Hall freshman guard Jordan Walker, who apparently left the team for two days over his lack of playing time, then was talked back into returning by Seton Hall officials, returned to action with 13:30 in the first half and received a warm welcome from the Seton Hall faithful in attendance. Walker responded with a wide smile. Walker had two points and two assists Saturday.
Senior forward Ismael Sanogo, who started five of the Pirates’ previous 12 games, was suspended indefinitely from the team Friday for violation of team and university rules, according to coach Kevin Willard. “Ish has a responsibility to himself and his teammates to abide by all the rules of this university and team. Hopefully, he will understand the opportunity he has attending Seton Hall University, and he will make the changes he needs to make to be allowed back on this team.” Willard said.
ALTERCATION AND EJECTIONS
With just 40 seconds left in the first half, Delgado and Waterman locked horns in a wrestling match under the Manhattan basket going for a rebound. The altercation got heated and eventually Powell and Manhattan’s Rich Williams were ejected from the game. But according to Big East assistant commissioner John Paquette, Powell will not be suspended for the Pirates’ next game, the Big East opener against Creighton on Thursday.
It was the 59th time in Delgado’s Seton Hall career and the ninth time this season that he collected double figures in points and rebounds. The total of 59 is the top figure in the nation. Delgado is the only active Division I player with more than 1,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds.
THE BIG PICTURE
Seton Hall: The Pirates have won 23 straight games against non-conference opponents and 28 straight non-conference wins at the Prudential Center.
Manhattan: Waterman became the 38th player in Manhattan history to reach the 1,000-point plateau with a basket Wednesday night in a win over Hofstra.
The Pirates break for the holidays and return Thursday, Dec. 28 to face No. 25 Creighton in the Big East regular season opener.
The Jaspers are off until next Saturday when they host Fairfield in the MAAC regular season opener.