INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The Butler Bulldogs, looking for their first ever BIG EAST Tournament win, faced the Seton Hall Pirates in the 2018 BIG EAST Tournament Quarterfinal game at Madison Square Garden on Thursday, March 8. Sophomore G Kamar Baldwin led the Bulldogs with a game-high and career-high 32 points in a thrilling 75-74 win. Butler is now 20-12, the 12th 20-win campaign in the last 13 seasons. Seton Hall falls to 21-11.
The Pirates had beaten Butler in two regular-season games this season.
“We knew what it was going to take,” said Butler Head Coach LaVall Jordan. “It wasn’t a game of perfection, but we didn’t hang our heads when things didn’t go our way. We were down and we just fought back and battled back. And we’ve seen that out of this group before. We know we had it in us and it was great to see it come out at this moment.”
The Bulldogs lost the tip, but scored the first points of the game on a layup from senior F Tyler Wideman. A three by sophomore G Myles Powell in response gave the Pirates the lead before freshman G Myles Cale hit a three for the Pirates following a layup from Butler senior F Kelan Martin to take a 6-4 lead with 18:17 remaining in the first half. The Seton Hall lead grew to 10-4 with the help of back-to-back layups from senior G Khadeen Carrington, but Tyler Wideman responded with back-to-back layups for Butler to trim the lead to 10-8 with 15:23 remaining in the first half. A Seton Hall layup and three from Khadeen Carrington extended the lead to 15-8 before Butler redshirt junior G Paul Jorgensen scored on a layup for 15-10 score at the 13:54 first half mark. The Pirates went on a 9-0 run capped off with a three from Myles Powell to take 24-10 lead with 10:04 remaining in the first half. Butler sophomore G Kamar Baldwin ended the run with a three, but Seton Hall senior F Ismael Sanogo immediately responded with a three of his own. Thankfully for Butler, Kamar Baldwin immediately counterpunched with another three that sparked a 7-0 Butler run to trim the lead to 27-20 with 7:32 remaining before the halftime break. Seton Hall senior F Desi Rodriguez hit a three to extend the lead to 30-20, but the Bulldogs scored the next six points with the help of steals from Kamar Baldwin and redshirt sophomore F Sean McDermott. The 6-0 Butler run trimmed the lead to 30-26 with 4:57 remaining. A Seton Hall jumper extended the lead to six before Kelan Martin connected on a three to trim the lead to 34-31 with 3:47 remaining in the first half, but the Pirates responded with a second three from Sanogo and dunk by Delgado for a 39-31 lead with 1:56 remaining in the first half. Kamar Baldwin scored on a jumper before Seton Hall scored the next four points to take a 43-33 lead with 0:28 remaining in the first half. A foul on a Kelan Martin three-point attempt sent him to the line for three free throws with 0:01 remaining in the first half, but Martin only hit two to bring the halftime score to 43-35.
The Bulldogs finished the first half shooting 50% (15-30) from the field, including 21.4% (3-14) from three. Seton Hall finished the first half shooting 65.4% (17-26), including 77.8% (7-9) from three. Kamar Baldwin led all scorers with 14 points
The Bulldogs opened the second half scoring with a jumper by Kamar Baldwin to cut the lead to 43-37 with 19:41 remaining. A pair of free throws by Tyler Wideman trimmed the lead to 43-39 before a Rodriguez layup and three from freshman F Sandro Mamukelashvili extended the Seton Hall lead to 48-39 with 15:51 remaining. Sean McDermott scored the next five points of the game on a tip-in and three to help the Bulldogs cut the lead to 48-44 with 14:57 remaining. Five Seton Hall free throws helped give the Pirates a seven point lead, but the Bulldogs kept fighting as a Baldwin layup and second Sean McDermott three cut the lead to 53-51 with 12:13 remaining. Kelan Martin cut the lead to two twice over the next minutes of play. Martin’s sixth straight point for Butler cut the lead to 58-57 with 8:12 remaining in the game following a Seton Hall free throw. A dunk by Delgado sparked a 6-0 run as the Pirates took a 64-57 lead with 5:54 remaining. Thankfully for the Bulldogs, Kamar Baldwin took over and scored the next 11 Butler points. An And-1 three-point play on a layup from Baldwin ended the Pirates run and cut the lead to 64-60 with 4:58 remaining. Less than a minute later, Baldwin scored on another And-1 three-point play off a layup to cut the lead to 64-63. Angel Delgado responded with a before Kamar Baldwin connected on a three on the next possession to tie the game at 66-66 with 3:35 remaining. A Delgado and Carrington free throw gave the Pirates a two-point lead before Baldwin tied the game on a pair of free throws at 68-68 with 1:39 remaining.
A missed three by Myles Cale led to a defensive rebound and assist by Baldwin as he found sophomore G Henry Baddley in transition for the go-ahead layup with 1:10 remaining for a 70-68 Butler lead. Following a Seton Hall timeout, Myles Powell connected on a deep three to give the Pirates a 71-70 lead with 0:55 remaining. After a Butler timeout, Kamar Baldwin connected on difficult baseline jumper over Angel Delgado to give Butler a 72-71 lead with 0:35 remaining. A missed layup by Carrington on the next possession led to a trip to the line for Kamar Baldwin, who connected on 1-of-2 free throw attempts to extend the lead to 73-71 with 0:22 remaining. The Pirates continued to fight as Khadeen Carrington scored on an And-1 three-point play off a layup to reclaim the lead at 74-73 with 0:11 remaining. With the final possession, Kamar Baldwin drove down the right side of the lane and was unable to connect on a layup, but Tyler Wideman saved the day by grabbing the offensive rebound and scored on a tip-in in one motion with 0:04 remaining to give Butler a 75-74 lead. Myles Powell drove the length of the court and fired a three, but it landed no good and the Bulldogs walked away with the win.
Butler finished the game shooting 47.6% (30-63) from the field, including 23.1% (6-26) from three. Seton Hall finished the game shooting 46.3% (25-54) from the field, including 50% (9-18) from three. Seton Hall finished with the higher free throw percentage at 78.9% (15-19) compared to 60% (9-15) for Butler.
Butler committed only six turnovers against Seton Hall, the tenth time this season with single-digit turnovers. Seton Hall committed 13 turnovers. Butler scored 10 points off of turnovers compared to eight for the Pirates. The Pirates outrebounded Butler, 38-29.
Sophomore G Kamar Baldwin scored a game-high and career-high 32 points on a 12-20 (60%) shooting performance, including 3-8 (37.5%) from three.
Senior F Kelan Martin scored 17 points on a rough 1-8 performance from three. Senior F Tyler Wideman and redshirt sophomore F Sean McDermott each scored 10. McDermott added a team-high seven rebounds.
Khadeen Carrington led Seton Hall with 17 points. Angel Delgado had 13 points but shot only 4-13 (30.8%) from the field.
Butler and second-seeded Villanova will meet Saturday at approximately 9 p.m. The game will air on FS1.
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