The Seton Hall Pirates were back in action yesterday as they took on the Butler Bulldogs in Indianapolis, Indiana. Before the game we had the pleasure of talking to Marisa Miller of the Butler Collegian. She is a tremendous journalist and we thank her for her insight. Her responses can be found in our preview. The Pirates were coming off of a big win over #5 Xavier on Sunday. Butler was looking to get a win and try and lift themselves from the NCAA bubble. Ultimately, Butler would come away with the victory 85-78.
The Pirates would never lead in this one. Butler would score the first basket of the game, and although the Pirates would tie the score once, Butler would never trail. The Bulldogs would build a large lead in the first half. Taking advantage of sloppy offense from the Pirates, the Bulldogs would lead by 17 with 3:12 remaining in the first half. The Pirates would cut the lead down a bit, but the Bulldogs would not go away. Going into halftime, the Bulldogs led the Pirates 43-28.
The Bulldogs were led in the first half by Kellen Dunham who had 16 points and 2 assists. Kelan Martin added 11 points and led the team with 8 rebounds. Roosevelt Jones led Butler with 3 assists in the first half. Tyler Wideman chipped in 6 points and 5 rebounds in the first half. The Bulldogs shot 48.1% from the field and 58.3% from beyond the arc in the first half.
The Pirates were led in the first half by Desi Rodriguez who had 6 points and 3 rebounds. Angel Delgado led the Pirates with 4 rebounds in the first half. Isaiah Whitehead and Ismael Sanogo each had 5 points in the first half. Seton Hall shot 33.3% from the field and 12.5% from beyond the arc in the first half.
The Pirates made a run in the second half. Butler would open the scoring in the second half with a layup from Andrew Chrabascz to increase the lead to 17. The Pirates would then go on a 12-0 run. After two free throws from Desi Rodriguez the Pirates would trail by just 5 with 13:42 remaining. Butler would come back and after a Roosevelt Jones layup they would lead by 9. The Pirates would not go away, and after an Isaiah Whitehead free throw they trailed by just 4. An Isaiah Whitehead three pointer with 2:22 remaining would cut the deficit to just 2. The Pirates would get the lead down to 2 a few more times, but would never get any closer. Butler would go on to defeat the Hall 85-78.
The Bulldogs were led by Kellen Dunham who had 22 points and 2 assists. Roosevelt Jones had a great game with 20 points, 5 assists, and 5 rebounds. Kelan Martin added 13 points and 9 rebounds. Butler shot 51% from the field and 44.4% from beyond the arc.
The Pirates were led by Isaiah Whitehead who had 27 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 blocks. Khadeen Carrington had a solid game with 18 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists. Desi Rodriguez had 12 points for Seton Hall. Ismael Sanogo grabbed 8 rebounds and Angel Delgado grabbed 7 boards. The Pirates shot 41.8% from the field and 31.6% from beyond the arc.
With the win the Bulldogs improve to 20-9 on the season and 9-8 in Big East play. With the loss the Pirates fall to 21-8 on the season and 11-6 in Big East play. The Bulldogs will remain at home for Senior Day as they take on the Marquette Golden Eagles on Saturday. The Pirates will head to Chicago, Illinois to take on the DePaul Blue Demons on Saturday.
We would again like to thank Marisa Miller for her terrific insight. She can be found on twitter @marisanmiller. Give her a follow, she is a fantastic journalist. Check out the PPI below to see which players shined in this one. We will have full coverage of the DePaul game on Saturday. Until then, Hazard Zet Forward.