The Bulldogs blew an 11-point lead and fell 90-87 to the Pirates on Saturday. Butler’s defensive efforts weren’t enough to match Seton Hall’s unstoppable offensive pack. Khadeen Carrington’s 29 points and Angel Delgado’s 28 points shut the Bulldogs down at their own home court. In the second half it seemed like Carrington couldn’t miss from beyond the arc.
Kelan Martin led the Bulldogs with 27 points, followed by the duo of Kamar Baldwin and Henry Baddley scoring 14 points. Nate Fowler was the fourth Bulldogs ending in the double digits with 11 points. But Butler’s defense couldn’t handle the Pirates, because if it wasn’t Delgado beating them in the post in the first half, it was Carrington’s six threes in the second half. Butler’s offense was also cold in the first half, and couldn’t make a shot when they needed to the most at the end of the game.
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— Butler Basketball (@ButlerMBB) January 6, 2018
The Bulldogs ended up shooting 46%, but that was after they shot 58% in the second half. The Butler was able to capitalize 25 points from the charity stripe where they shot an impressive 25-for-28. The battle on the boards was pretty even, but Butler had the slight edge 32-30. Martin had an uncharacteristic 0 rebounds, but Baldwin had six boards, followed by Tyler Wideman’s four, and Sean McDermott’s four. Baldwin led with five assists in tonight’s game.
A Bulldog victory would’ve put them in a three-way tie for first place in the Big East, but it is now Seton Hall who is the lone leader in the conference.
Butler’s will hit the road to play Creighton on Tuesday. Currently non-ranked Creighton will probably be ranked in the top 25 after their win over Georgetown Saturday. If so, that will make the Bluejays Butler’s fourth straight top 25 opponent. Tip-off is set for 8:30pm EST.