By David Rogers. March 17, 2017. GREENVILLE, SC — Seton Hall’s Pirates were cleaved to the brisket by the Arkansas Razorbacks on Friday, dropping a 77-71 decision in the first round of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championships in Greenville, SC.
Although they missed a lot of shots early in the game, the Pirates held a 21-8 offensive rebounding advantage that translated into a 14-4 edge in second chance points. That kept Seton Hall in the game, and they were able to rally to a 37-37 tie at intermission.
Turnovers were a problem for the Pirates, as Arkansas pocketed a dozen steals and 7 blocks over the course of the game. Seton Hall came into the game as one of the top rebounding contingents in the nation, but the Razorbacks featured a deeper bench, with eight players recording double digits in minutes played.
It took a tremendous defensive effort by our basketball team tonight.
The Razorbacks’ starting forward Moses Kingsley poured in a game-high 23 points, while Seton Hall guard Khadeen Carrington posted a team-high 22 points. Although he fouled out with 9 seconds remaining, the nation’s leading rebounder in Seton Hall’s Angelo Delgado accounted for a game-high 13 rebounds, 8 of which were on the offensive end and leading to second chance attempts.
Seton Hall went on a 16-4 run midway through the 2nd half to take an eight-point lead, but then went cold as the Razorbacks went on a 17-5 run of their own. The game was tied for the last time with 5:15 to go, at 68-68.
In speaking with reporters after the game, Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson shared that he thought the two teams were evenly matched. “It was the kind of game where whoever had possession last was going to win,” he said. “…It took a tremendous defensive effort by our basketball team tonight…It was kind of a grinding game and then you had some spurts where each team went up and put us back and forth.”
With the win, Arkansas advances to a second round matchup vs. North Carolina, a 103-64 winner over Texas Southern.
- Seton Hall’s 21 offensive rebounds were the team’s second highest output of the 2016-17 season
- Carrington surpassed 1,300 career points, moving to 26th all-time for the Pirates. His 22 points were the 12th game this season in which he has scored more than 20 points.
- Delgado’s 13 rebounds and 12 points made Friday’s performance his 27th double-double of the season, tying him with Purdue’s Caleb Swanigan for the most in the nation this year
- Delgado finished his junior season with 10+ rebounds in 28 of 32 games this season.
- With the victory, Arkansas has won three consecutive first round appearances in the NCAA tournament, the previous wins being in 2015 and 2008.
- At 27-9, this is the second time in the past three years that the Razorbacks have reached 27 season wins.
- Arkansas’ Kingsley reached double-figures in scoring for the 25th time this season.
- Dusty Hannah scored 14 points for the Razorbacks, his eighth straight game scoring in double figures and a team-high 31 games this season.
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