Cale, Rhoden Pirates with Fuel over Hoyas, 78-67

NEWARK, NJ – Senior Myles Cale (Middletown, Del.) and juniors Jared Rhoden (Baldwin, NY) combined for 56 points as men’s basketball team Seton Hall beat Georgetown 78-67 at the Prudential Center on Wednesday.

Cale scored 30 points in his career on an efficient 10-for-16 shot, while Rhoden recorded his third double-double of the season, leveling the most in his career with 26 points and 12 rebounds.

Junior Ike Obiagu (Abuja, Nigeria) had a strong defensive game collecting nine rebounds and nine career blocks.

What happened:

Cale and Rhoden started the hall offensively, scoring six points each, while the Pirates scored 12 of the first 15 points in the game. Pirates’ impressive start extended to 17-5 on a three-pointer Tyrese Samuel (Montreal, Quebec) with 12:55 remaining in the first half.

The story of the first half was the defense of the Pirates. The Pirates held Georgetown until just 2:18 for a shot from the floor during the first 10:24 of the game as they built their lead. Hoyas were limited to just 19 points in the first half to just 22.2% of shots thanks in large part to seven blocks in Obiagua’s first half.
The Pirates’ lead rose to as many as 17 points in the first half, before they finally decided on a 33-19 advantage at the break.

Both teams came out well kicking off the field to open the second half, but neither was hotter than Cale. The senior connected on six of his first seven shots in the second half, including three-pointers. His old-fashioned three-point game with 13:37 left in the game gave Hall a commanding 55-36 lead.

The Hoyas took advantage of the late 8-0 series to reduce their deficit to nine points from just 2:23, but couldn’t get any closer.

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