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DePaul vs. Seton Hall Game Preview

The DePaul Blue Demons host the Seton Hall Pirates on Senior Day at Allstate Arena on Saturday.  We preview the game in this report.

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DePaul Blue Demons vs. Seton Hall Pirates – Saturday, March 5th, 11 a.m. Central – Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Illinois

Television – FOX Sports Networks / The U Too Chicago

Radio – WSCR AM 670

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Quite often college basketball is all about getting hot at the right time of the year.

That’s exactly what the Seton Hall Pirates had done.  Well, up until their 85-78 loss at Butler on Wednesday night that is.

Seton Hall had been playing their best basketball of the season heading into the postseason.

The Pirates had gone 8-1 heading into the Butler loss which included an upset of fifth ranked Xavier.

Seton Hall occupies third place in the Big East standings with a record of 21-8 and 11-6 in the Big East.

If Providence’s Ben Bentil and Kris Dunn are the best duo in the Big East, then the second best duo has to be Isaiah Whitehead and Angel Delgado. 

Delgado and Whitehead are combining for an average of 27.7 points per game.

Whitehead is coming off a game where he scored a career high 27 points at Butler on Wednesday night.

Saturday is Senior Day for DePaul seniors Cory Dolins, Myke Henry, Molinari, Aaron Simpson and Rashaun Stimage.  The five seniors will be honored in a pre-game ceremony.

“It’s always a sentimental day, because it’s your last regular season game, it’s at home, it’s Senior Day and you’re saying goodbye to people that have put their heart and soul into basketball their whole life,” DePaul coach Dave Leitao said of Senior Day on WSCR Radio.

The Last Time

On January 2, 2016 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, Seton Hall edged out the Blue Demons in the final seconds. 

Seton Hall held on to win 78-74 in a hard fought game.

DePaul had an opportunity to tie the game up with 0.6 seconds remaining when Blue Demon guard Billy Garrett, Jr. went to the charity stripe to shoot three free throws while trailing 76-73.  Garrett missed his first free throw attempt, made the second, and then deliberately missed his final free throw, but the Pirates recovered the rebound.

Seton Hall’s Isaiah Whitehead then made two free throws to seal the win for the Pirates.

Garrett led all scorers with a 20 point performance on six of 11 shooting and three of four from beyond the arc to go along with eight assists.

DePaul senior Rashaun Stimage scored a career high 15 points on seven of 12 from the field.

Myke Henry chalked up 15 points and nine rebounds.

The officials whistled DePaul for 23 personal fouls to just 14 fouls call on Seton Hall.

What hurt DePaul more than anything in this outing was turnovers.  The Blue Demons turned the ball over 18 times in the contest. 

Seton Hall Roster

No.         Name    Pos.       Ht.          Wt.         Yr.           Hometown (Prev School)

0              Carrington, Khadeen      G             6-3          180         SO          Brooklyn, N.Y. (Bishop Loughlin)

1              Nzei, Michael     F              6-7          200         RS FR     Makurdi, Nigeria (Our Savior New American - N.Y.)

2              Thomas, Jevon  G             6-1          185         JR            Queens, N.Y. (Kansas State)

4              Anderson, Braeden        F              6-9          240         JR            Okotoks, Alberta (Fresno State)

13           Dowdy Jr., Michael          G             5-10       185         JR            Chicago, Ill. (University of Chicago Laboratory)

14           Sanogo, Ismael G/F        6-8          210         SO          Newark, N.J. (East Side High School)

15           Whitehead, Isaiah           G             6-4          210         SO          Brooklyn, N.Y. (Abraham Lincoln)

20           Rodriguez, Desi F              6-6          215         SO          Bronx, N.Y. (Abraham Lincoln)

21           Soffer, Dalton    G             6-5          205         FR           San Diego, Calif. (Poway)

23           Carter, Myles     F              6-9          220         FR           Chicago, Ill. (St. Rita's)

25           Anthony, Rashed             F              6-9          235         SO          Orangeburg, S.C. (Flora Macdonald Academy)

31           Delgado, Angel F              6-9          245         SO          Bajos De Haina, Dominican Rep. (Patrick School - N.J.)

32           Gordon, Derrick                G             6-3          205         SR           Plainfield, N.J. (Massachusetts)

33           Singh, Veer         G/F        6-7          195         FR           New York, N.Y. (Thurgood Marshall/St. Peter's Prep - N.J.)


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