PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Noah Horchler scored 17 factors with 13 rebounds, and Nate Watson added 14 factors to hold No. 21 Windfall to a 70-65 victory over short-handed, Fifteenth-ranked Seton Corridor on Wednesday night time.
Watson, a 6-foot-10 middle, turned the 18th participant in Windfall historical past to achieve 1,500 factors.
Enjoying its first sport since a victory over Rutgers on Dec. 12, Seton Corridor had solely eight gamers in uniform. 5 have been in COVID-19 protocols, however just one starter, 7-foot-2 middle Ike Obiagu, was out.
Jared Bynum additionally had 14 factors for Windfall (12-1, 2-0 Huge East), which is off to its greatest begin since opening 2015-16 by profitable 14 of its first 15 video games.
Alexis Yetna had 13 factors and 11 rebounds for the Pirates (9-2, 0-1). Bryce Aiken scored 11 factors, and Jared Rhoden and Tray Jackson every had 10.
Windfall led by 9 factors at halftime and pushed it to 40-27 on Al Durham’s steal and breakaway jam within the opening minute of the second half.
Seton Corridor closed inside 57-50 with slightly below six minutes left on Yetna’s put-back earlier than Windfall pushed it again to double digits.
Yetna’s layup reduce it to 66-63 with 17.3 seconds left, however Durham hit two free throws.
Seeing their first motion since beating then-No. 20 Connecticut on the street 11 days in the past, the Friars rode the new 3-point taking pictures of Horchler to a 36-27 halftime edge.
Neither crew held greater than a one-possession lead till Horchler related from past the arc on three straight possessions in slightly below two minutes throughout a 15-0 spree that pushed Windfall forward 34-22.
Seton Corridor: The Pirates’ season had been derailed by COVID-19 earlier than Wednesday, so it’ll be attention-grabbing to see if they’ll regain the shape that led to them climbing within the AP High 25 earlier than three video games have been canceled. … The varsity introduced earlier than the sport that reserve guard Jahari Lengthy had surgical procedure on his proper knee on Dec. 20 and can miss the rest of the season.
Windfall: If expertise means something, the Friars could possibly be in for a robust season. They’ve a ton of it and a few well-balanced scoring, too. Their beginning lineup consists of 4 graduate college students and a senior. Three of the starters are averaging double figures and a fourth got here in at 9.9 factors per sport.
Regardless of having a particularly restricted bench on Wednesday, Seton Corridor will seemingly drop a bit in subsequent week’s ballot except the Pirates have a strong exhibiting of their convention dwelling opener on Saturday. Windfall virtually actually will climb barring a nasty exhibiting over the weekend.
Seton Corridor: Hosts No. 21 Villanova on New Yr’s Day.
Windfall: At DePaul on New Yr’s Day.
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