Seton Hall Survives, Tops Butler in Big East Tourney Opener
One word that comes to mind when thinking of college basketball in March and that word is survive.
Survive is what the Seton Hall Pirates did on Wednesday night, as they outlasted the Butler Bulldogs 51-50. Big man, Eugene Teague, who played with the flu, had 14 points, 11 rebounds and scored all of Seton Hall’s points over the final 9:30 of the game.
Brian Oliver and Fuquan Edwin each had 10 points for the eighth-seeded Pirates (16-16), who have won two of their last three games and will face top-seeded Villanova in the quarterfinals.
Khyle Marshall, who led Butler with 22 points, was the star of the night for Butler and the Bulldogs took advantage of some bad offense by the Pirates to go on a 14-3 run that made it 48-46 with 4:44 to go.
Alex Barlow hit a three for Butler in the run, but he was just 2/16 in field goal attempts for the Bulldogs at that point. Teague then scored down low with 2:10 left to give the Pirates a 51-46 lead. Marshall dunked with 1:50 to go and Kellen Dunham dunked after a steal with 47 seconds left to bring Butler to 51-50.
Brandon Mobley missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 4.3 seconds left and Butler had a last chance to win but Barlow’s shot from just inside midcourt hit the backboard.
Sina and Gibbs only had five points combined for the Pirates, but Mobley stepped up with eight points of his own.
Kameron Woods had seven points and 12 rebounds for Butler; the team finished 2 of 18 from 3-point range, which really hurt them throughout the contest. The Bulldogs had won two straight after losing seven in a row.
This win gives Seton Hall’s first appearance in the quarterfinals since 2003.
Butler was making its first appearance in the Big East tournament. The Bulldogs had advanced in a conference tournament the last eight seasons. They are in the third different conference tournament in the last three seasons, first in the Horizon League and last season in the Atlantic 10.
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