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Rodriguez's 17 leads No. 23 Seton Hall past FDU, 90-68

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) It was a classic case of proven veterans rising to the top against unproven youngsters.

''When you have as many seniors as we have, you have a lot of confidence in them,'' Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard said Friday night after the 23rd- ranked Pirates defeated outmanned Fairleigh Dickinson 90-68 in the NIT Season Tip-Off first round game. ''We're like an aged steak.''

One of those seniors, Desi Rodriguez, scored 17 points, 13 in the first half. Another, Angel Delgado, had 10 points and 10 rebounds, his 51st career double-double. A third, Khadeen Carrington, added eight points and six assists.

''We just wanted to get the older guys comfortable and our younger guys to get their feet wet,'' Willard said.

One of the younger guys was freshman Myles Cale, who scored 12 points off the bench.

''He's worked hard to get back,'' Willard said of Cale, who suffered a shoulder injury over the summer and only returned to practice last month.

Myles Powell added 10 points for the winners, who had a dominating 44-27 advantage off the glass. Delgado, who led the nation in rebounding last season, led the way with 10 boards.

Mike Holloway Jr. and Darnell Edge paced the Knights with 13 points each. FDU was missing Darian Anderson, last year's leading scorer, who was out as he rehabs a stress fracture suffered over the summer. Anderson scored 27 points in last year's contest between the teams, also won by Seton Hall.

''He's our Aaron Rodgers,'' FDU coach Greg Herenda said of Anderson. ''It's kind of hard to play without our senior leader. There's no timetable for him coming back. He's games away. Seton Hall is a very good experienced team. We're young and they just sort of sped us up with some pressure. ''

Seton Hall took the lead for good on a Rodriguez 3-pointer at 19-17. Just 7 seconds later, Rodriguez converted on a conventional three-point play, pushing the lead to 22-17. The six straight points initiated a 15-0 Pirates run that gave Seton Hall a 31-17 lead with 8:11 remaining in the half.

Seton Hall led 47-28 at the half and led by as many as 30 in the second half.

BIG RUNS

Seton Hall had runs of 9-0 and 15-0 in the first half, putting the game away early.

EARLY RANKING

Seton Hall tipped off the new season with a national ranking for the first time since 2000-01, when the Pirates started the year at No. 10. The last time the Pirates were ranked was March 14, 2016.

EARLY SUCCESS

With the win Friday, Willard has won his season opener in each of his eight seasons with the Pirates.

THE BIG PICTURE

Seton Hall: The Pirates began one of the most anticipated seasons in recent memory, returning 90 percent of their scoring and rebounding from the team that qualified for the NCAA Tournament last season. They are the only Division I team with three returning 1,000-point scorers in Rodriguez, Delgado and Carrington.

Fairleigh Dickinson: The Knights started strong, outscoring Seton Hall, 12-5, over the first 3 minutes, but faded once the Pirates employed a pressing defense. Holloway scored five points, including a 3-pointer off glass to start the game, during that early stretch.

UP NEXT:

The Pirates play host to Monmouth on Sunday as part of four home games in nine days. They face Indiana as part of the Gavitt Tipoff series Wednesday.

The Knights travel to play at Penn State on Sunday.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
+ 2 Shavar Reynolds made jump shot, assist by Myles Cale 1.0
  Defensive rebound by Shavar Reynolds 20.0
  Dondre Rhoden missed 2nd of 2 free throws 20.0
  Dondre Rhoden missed 2nd of 2 free throws 20.0
  Dondre Rhoden missed 1st of 2 free throws 20.0
  Personal foul on Jordan Walker 20.0
  Offensive rebound by Dondre Rhoden 20.0
  Noah Morgan missed 3-pt. jump shot 21.0
+ 2 Sandro Mamukelashvili made dunk 23.0
  Offensive rebound by Sandro Mamukelashvili 37.0
  Sandro Mamukelashvili missed layup, blocked by Dondre Rhoden 39.0
Team Stats
Points 68 90
Field Goals 24-56 (42.9%) 33-66 (50.0%)
3-Pointers 10-24 (41.7%) 9-24 (37.5%)
Free Throws 10-16 (62.5%) 15-23 (65.2%)
Total Rebounds 27 44
Offensive 6 16
Defensive 16 25
Team 5 3
Assists 15 22
Steals 6 6
Blocks 3 2
Turnovers 15 12
Fouls 20 18
Technicals 0 0
away team logo
1
D. Edge G
13 PTS, 3 REB, 3 AST
home team logo
20
D. Rodriguez G/F
17 PTS, 2 REB, 1 AST
12T
away team logo F. Dickinson 0-1 284068
home team logo23 Seton Hall 1-0474390
Team Stats
away team logoF. Dickinson 0-1 82.5 PPG 37.8 RPG 18.5 APG
home team logo23 Seton Hall 1-0 82.8 PPG 40.3 RPG 18.0 APG
Key Players
34
M. Holloway Jr. F 16.5 PPG 6.0 RPG 1.0 APG 57.1 FG%
20
D. Rodriguez G/F 17.0 PPG 4.3 RPG 1.3 APG 53.3 FG%
Top Scorers
34
M. Holloway Jr. F 13 PTS 4 REB 0 AST
20
D. Rodriguez G/F 17 PTS 2 REB 1 AST
42.9 FG% 50.0
41.7 3PT FG% 37.5
62.5 FT% 65.2
F. Dickinson
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
D. Edge 37 13 3 3 1 0 3 1 4/11 2/6 3/3 1 2
M. Holloway Jr. 30 13 4 0 0 0 2 3 6/13 1/2 0/0 1 3
K. Bishop 22 9 3 0 0 0 3 4 2/8 1/3 4/4 1 2
J. Jenkins 34 4 4 8 0 0 4 1 2/8 0/4 0/1 0 4
E. Williams 21 4 4 1 2 1 1 4 2/4 0/0 0/0 2 2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
D. Edge 37 13 3 3 1 0 3 1 4/11 2/6 3/3 1 2
M. Holloway Jr. 30 13 4 0 0 0 2 3 6/13 1/2 0/0 1 3
K. Bishop 22 9 3 0 0 0 3 4 2/8 1/3 4/4 1 2
J. Jenkins 34 4 4 8 0 0 4 1 2/8 0/4 0/1 0 4
E. Williams 21 4 4 1 2 1 1 4 2/4 0/0 0/0 2 2
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
N. Morgan 14 10 1 0 1 0 0 1 3/5 2/3 2/2 0 1
P. McNamara 11 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 2/2 2/2 0/1 0 0
M. Schroback 6 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 1/1 1/1 0/0 0 0
M. Miller 7 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 1/3 1/3 0/0 0 0
N. Beciri 13 3 0 0 2 1 0 4 1/1 0/0 1/3 0 0
D. Rhoden 5 0 3 1 0 1 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/2 1 2
D. Anderson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Malone-Dunson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 68 22 15 6 3 15 20 24/56 10/24 10/16 6 16
Seton Hall
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
D. Rodriguez 21 17 2 1 1 0 1 1 6/13 2/6 3/3 0 2
A. Delgado 22 10 10 2 0 0 1 2 4/8 0/0 2/4 6 4
M. Powell 21 10 3 3 0 0 0 2 3/9 2/6 2/2 0 3
K. Carrington 23 8 1 6 1 0 1 0 4/10 0/3 0/0 1 0
M. Nzei 19 4 6 1 0 0 1 3 1/2 0/0 2/2 1 5
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
D. Rodriguez 21 17 2 1 1 0 1 1 6/13 2/6 3/3 0 2
A. Delgado 22 10 10 2 0 0 1 2 4/8 0/0 2/4 6 4
M. Powell 21 10 3 3 0 0 0 2 3/9 2/6 2/2 0 3
K. Carrington 23 8 1 6 1 0 1 0 4/10 0/3 0/0 1 0
M. Nzei 19 4 6 1 0 0 1 3 1/2 0/0 2/2 1 5
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
M. Cale 19 12 5 4 2 1 0 3 5/8 2/3 0/1 2 3
S. Mamukelashvili 20 8 6 0 0 1 3 2 2/6 1/2 3/4 5 1
I. Sanogo 15 7 3 0 1 0 0 3 3/4 0/1 1/2 0 3
J. Walker 18 7 2 2 1 0 2 2 2/2 2/2 1/2 1 1
E. Gordon 16 5 1 3 0 0 3 0 2/3 0/1 1/3 0 1
S. Reynolds 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 1
P. Flory 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1
R. Gill - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 90 41 22 6 2 12 18 33/66 9/24 15/23 16 25