Butler drops conference game at Seton Hall

Seton Hall escaped with a 76-75 win Wednesday night in Newark, N.J., as Butler

couldn’t overcome a sluggish first half with a frantic second-half comeback.

With the win, Seton Hall improves to 12-4 overall and 3-1 in BIG EAST play. Butler

is now 10-6 (1-2 in conference).

Joey Brunk posted the first double-double of his career with 20 points and 10

rebounds. Kamar Baldwin led the Bulldogs with 23 points, but needed 26 shots to get

there.

Butler would never take the lead in the second-half, constantly trading scores with

the home team.

With six minutes to play, Seton Hall had rebuilt its lead to 63-53 before Butler

pulled within two (69-67) on a pair of Brunk free throws with 1:22 to play.

After Seton Hall extended the lead back to five on free throws, Henry Baddley hit a

three-pointer with 24 seconds remaining to trim the lead to 72-70. After the teams

traded scores in the paint, Myles Powell was fouled and converted two free throws

with 3.0 seconds remaining for a 76-72 advantage. Baldwin’s three-pointer at the

buzzer determined the final score.

Powell led the Pirates with 31 points, including 13-of-15 from the free throw line.

Quincy McKnight was the only other Seton Hall player in double figures with 10.

Seton Hall shot 51 percent for the game. The Pirates went to the free throw line 37

times compared to just 22 for Butler. However, Seton Hall made only 23 of those to

keep the game within reach for the Bulldogs.

Butler committed only eight turnovers, but shot only 39 percent. Each team made only

five three-pointers.

Seton Hall took a 34-25 halftime lead as the Bulldogs shot only 31 percent from the

field in the opening half, including 0-for-7 from three-point range. Seton Hall shot

48 percent in the first half, heating up after committing six turnovers in the first

five minutes of the contest.

The Bulldogs continue a three-game stretch away from Hinkle Fieldhouse, next

traveling to Xavier for a Sunday noon tip, which will air on CBS Sports Network.