The Seton Hall Pirates have started Big East play on the perfect note with a 75-60 win over the No. 5 Uconn Huskies. The Pirates have continued their recent success against the Huskies at home, and have dealt Dan Hurley and UConn their first Big East loss of the season. The defending National Champions suffered their second loss of the season, their first was to No. 2 Kansas, and their second is now to the 8-4 Seton Hall Pirates.
For a team that had not been expected to do much at all in the second year of Shaheen Holloway, they now have picked up a signature win for their young head coach. Taking down the No.5 team in the nation is more than impressive, especially after a rough going in non-conference play.
The Pirates have gone from embarrassment at Rutgers, a ton of questions after the Monmouth game, to now beating UConn by double figures/near double figures. This is one of the more interesting turnarounds in college basketball, and now they have a huge win they need to keep the momentum going with.
When the game got into its later stages, the game always felt far from over based on their opponent especially after the Missouri game where there was a late game collapse that almost sold the game. This was very much in part due to the great play of Kadary Richmond, who got Cam Spencer to foul out with just over four minutes remaining.
The star guard put up 23 points and six rebounds in such a solid game to start off conference play, and the Pirates needed that out of him. This team played well through their star, shut down UConn's offense, and just put together a full team performance for 40 minutes of basketball.