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Delgado double-double leads No. 19 Seton Hall over VCU

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) With three talented seniors, four scorers and a solid defense, No. 19 Seton Hall is starting to look scary good.

Angel Delgado had 14 points and 13 rebounds, and the Pirates continued their impressive start to the season with a 90-67 victory over Virginia Commonwealth in the Never Forget Tribute Classic at the Prudential Center on Saturday.

Myles Powell added five of his 17 points in a game-breaking 13-1 first-half run, Desi Rodriguez had 17 and Khadeen Carrington scored 13 for the Pirates (8-1), who have won four straight since being beaten at the buzzer by Rhode Island on Thanksgiving. Michael Nzei added 14 points, 10 of them in garbage time in the second half.

''We have so many weapons and when you do, it's easy to play,'' Delgado said after posting his 56th career double-double.

The Pirates' recent run includes wins over current Texas Tech and Louisville, which was nationally ranked at the time. It also came after the loss to Rhode Island knocked the then-No. 20 Pirates out of the Top 25. They returned this week.

''We know how that felt and we don't want to have that feeling again,'' Rodriguez said. ''Our older guys know what it takes to win, and it's up to us to lead our younger guys to doing the right things. Let them understand how good of a team we are and every time we play someone, they're going to give us their best game. For us, coming out starting off strong and coming out the second half and starting off strong again, I think that was great for us and it set the tone.''

Justin Tillman had 14 of his 20 points in the second half to lead VCU (5-5), which suffered its biggest loss of the season. Marcus Santos-Silva added 10 points for the Rams in their first meeting with the Pirates.

''We ran into a buzzsaw today,'' VCU coach Mike Rhoades said. ''Seton Hall has a great team. They are definitely a Top 20 team. They scored at the rim at will on us and did a great job of spreading the ball.''

Seton Hall took control of the game shortly after Santos-Silva scored to cut the Pirates' lead to 16-12 with 12:20 left in the half.

The Pirates scored 13 of the next 14 points and totally shut down the Rams' offense. They would miss their next 11 shots and turn the ball over three times in falling behind 29-13. Powell started the run with a layup and added a 3-pointer after Carrington made two free throws. Delgado added a free throw, Carrington made two more and Rodriguez ended the spurt with a 3-pointer.

Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard said the key to the game was limiting Tillman.

''We wanted early in the game to make him uncomfortable, make him take tough shots and not get easy looks from 3,'' Willard said.

Seton Hall led 43-30 at halftime and was never challenged in the second half.

''You're going to have games like this,'' Rhoades said. ''If you play enough games in your career, you're going to have some bad games. I didn't like our result today. I didn't like our spirit today. We have to go back and work and we've got to earn what we want.''

BIG PICTURE

VCU: Tillman has been carrying the Rams in recent games, and Seton Hall neutralized him in the first half, using power forwards Nzei and Ismael Sanogo to move him off the blocks.

Seton Hall: The Pirates are deep and talented. Their seniors - Delgado, Rodriguez and Carrington - are tough to stop and their defense makes them more impressive. VCU shot 38.5 percent for the game, a season low. The Pirates shot 54.7 percent.

UP NEXT

VCU hosts Bucknell next Saturday.

Seton Hall hosts Saint Peter's at Walsh Gymnasium on campus in South Orange, New Jersey, on Tuesday.

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Key Players
J. Williams
10 G
A. Delgado
31 C
27.8 Min. Per Game 27.8
13.3 Pts. Per Game 13.3
2.5 Ast. Per Game 2.5
9.3 Reb. Per Game 9.3
35.2 Field Goal % 50.0
40.9 Three Point % 0.0
79.6 Free Throw % 61.9
+ 1 Xavier Jackson made 2nd of 2 free throws 24.0
+ 1 Xavier Jackson made 1st of 2 free throws 24.0
  Personal foul on Shavar Reynolds 24.0
  Offensive rebound by Xavier Jackson 20.0
  Sean Mobley missed 3-pt. jump shot 22.0
  Defensive rebound by Marcus Santos-Silva 28.0
  Shavar Reynolds missed layup 30.0
  Bad pass turnover on Tyler Maye, stolen by Sandro Mamukelashvili 39.0
  Offensive rebound by VCU 40.0
  Sean Mobley missed floating jump shot 41.0
+ 2 Myles Cale made layup 53.0
Team Stats
Points 67 90
Field Goals 25-65 (38.5%) 35-64 (54.7%)
3-Pointers 6-22 (27.3%) 5-14 (35.7%)
Free Throws 11-19 (57.9%) 15-18 (83.3%)
Total Rebounds 35 38
Offensive 13 9
Defensive 19 28
Team 3 1
Assists 13 20
Steals 6 6
Blocks 3 3
Turnovers 14 12
Fouls 16 20
Technicals 0 0
20 PTS, 8 REB
17 PTS, 7 REB, 4 AST
12T
away team logo VCU 5-5 303767
home team logo 19 Seton Hall 8-1 434790
Team Stats
away team logo VCU 5-5 70.0 PPG 43 RPG 13.7 APG
home team logo 19 Seton Hall 8-1 73.0 PPG 43 RPG 11.5 APG
Key Players
00
J. Tillman F PPG RPG APG FG%
00
D. Rodriguez G/F PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
J. Tillman F 20 PTS 8 REB 0 AST
D. Rodriguez G/F 17 PTS 7 REB 4 AST
38.5 FG% 54.7
27.3 3PT FG% 35.7
57.9 FT% 83.3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Tillman 31 20 8 0 0 0 2 3 8/13 2/3 2/3 4 4
K. Lane 16 9 4 1 0 0 3 1 4/7 0/1 1/2 1 3
D. Jenkins 25 7 4 3 1 0 1 2 2/8 1/4 2/3 1 3
X. Jackson 27 7 2 1 1 0 1 1 2/5 1/3 2/2 1 1
J. Williams 31 5 3 6 0 0 2 0 2/10 1/3 0/2 0 3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Tillman 31 20 8 0 0 0 2 3 8/13 2/3 2/3 4 4
K. Lane 16 9 4 1 0 0 3 1 4/7 0/1 1/2 1 3
D. Jenkins 25 7 4 3 1 0 1 2 2/8 1/4 2/3 1 3
X. Jackson 27 7 2 1 1 0 1 1 2/5 1/3 2/2 1 1
J. Williams 31 5 3 6 0 0 2 0 2/10 1/3 0/2 0 3
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
M. Santos-Silva 20 10 7 0 0 2 2 2 4/6 0/0 2/5 4 3
S. Mobley 15 5 0 0 0 0 1 2 2/6 1/4 0/0 0 0
T. Maye 13 2 1 1 1 0 2 1 1/3 0/0 0/0 0 1
M. Simms 17 2 3 1 3 0 0 3 0/6 0/4 2/2 2 1
L. Djonkam 5 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 0
I. Vann - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Crowfield - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Sheehy-Guiseppi - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 67 32 13 6 3 14 16 25/65 6/22 11/19 13 19
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
D. Rodriguez 25 17 7 4 0 1 0 3 7/10 1/2 2/3 1 6
M. Powell 32 16 3 5 1 1 0 1 6/10 4/7 0/0 0 3
A. Delgado 29 14 13 3 2 0 3 1 6/12 0/0 2/3 5 8
M. Nzei 22 14 3 1 0 0 3 3 7/8 0/0 0/0 1 2
K. Carrington 26 13 4 4 1 0 3 1 3/8 0/3 7/7 0 4
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
D. Rodriguez 25 17 7 4 0 1 0 3 7/10 1/2 2/3 1 6
M. Powell 32 16 3 5 1 1 0 1 6/10 4/7 0/0 0 3
A. Delgado 29 14 13 3 2 0 3 1 6/12 0/0 2/3 5 8
M. Nzei 22 14 3 1 0 0 3 3 7/8 0/0 0/0 1 2
K. Carrington 26 13 4 4 1 0 3 1 3/8 0/3 7/7 0 4
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
S. Mamukelashvili 15 6 3 0 1 1 1 4 2/5 0/2 2/2 1 2
M. Cale 18 5 1 1 0 0 1 2 2/5 0/0 1/2 0 1
I. Sanogo 13 3 1 1 1 0 0 2 1/2 0/0 1/1 0 1
E. Gordon 14 2 0 0 0 0 1 2 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 0
P. Flory 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
S. Reynolds 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0/2 0/0 0/0 1 1
R. Gill - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Walker - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 90 37 20 6 3 12 20 35/64 5/14 15/18 9 28