Once the 1992-93 team left the floor, Seton Hall woke up.
Maybe it was a coincidence or the sold-out crowd getting into it, but after the P.J. Carlesimo-coached team, the only Seton Hall team to win a Big East regular season and postseason title, was brought onto the floor at the under-8 timeout as part of the 25th year anniversary celebration, the current ensemble came alive.
A 23-5 run to close the first half — highlighted by nine Myles Powell points — turned a six-point deficit into a 13-point halftime lead. It provided enough cushion to withstand a shaky second half against overmatched Georgetown, as Seton Hall rebounded from a 20-point loss Wednesday at Marquette with a 74-61 victory Saturday afternoon over the Hoyas at Prudential Center.
The second half was a slog for the Pirates, full of questionable shot selection, missed shots, and blown opportunities to put the Hoyas away. Georgetown got within single digits on a Trey Dickerson layup with 7:54 to go, but Angel Delgado answered with a layup, ending a 5:09 scoring drought, and the Pirates found their footing from there.
Still, following the rout at Marquette, this performance against an inferior opponent left some concerns. Seton Hall (15-3, 4-1 Big East) was outworked on the glass for the second straight game, giving up 16 offensive rebounds that led to 17 Georgetown (12-4, 2-4) points. It struggled shooting the ball from deep again, making 5 of 18 attempts, and there was another slow start, a 12-3 deficit just 2:40 in.
Powell, the sophomore sharpshooter, had 19 points, six steals and five rebounds, Desi Rodriguez also had 19 points, and Delgado posted his team-leading 14th double-double of the season with 11 points and 13 rebounds.