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Butler Bulldogs Fall to Seton Hall In Final Regular Season Game

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The Butler Bulldogs, coming off a double-overtime loss at St. John’s, took to the road to face the Seton Hall Pirates in the final game of the regular season on Saturday, March 3. Senior F Kelan Martin led the Bulldogs with a game-high 35 points, but Seton Hall came away with a 77-70 Senior Night win. Seton Hall improves to 21-10 (10-8 BIG EAST) while Butler is now 19-12 overall and finishes the BIG EAST Conference regular season with a 9-9 mark.

Photo: Butler Athletics/Butler Senior Forward Kelan Martin

The Pirates opened the game on a 6-0 run with two buckets from senior C Angel Delgado and a jumper from senior G Khadeen Carrington, before a jumper from sophomore G Kamar Baldwin put the Bulldogs on the board for a 6-2 score with 16:41 remaining in the first half. A pair of free throws from Butler senior F Tyler Wideman trimmed the lead to 8-4 before a three by Khadeen Carrington extended the lead to 11-4 at the 15:15 first half mark. Butler scored the next five points on a layup by redshirt junior G Paul Jorgensen and a three from senior F Kelan Martin to cut the lead to 11-9 with 14:06 remaining in the first half. A jumper by Kelan Martin tied the game at 13-13 with 11:59 remaining in the first half, but the Pirates went on an 8-3 run to build a 21-16 lead at the 9:26 first half mark. A 6-0 Butler run in response gave the Bulldogs the lead as a pair of Wideman free throws pushed the score to 22-21 with 4:44 remaining in the first half. A foul during a Khadeen Carrington three-point shot attempt sent him to the line as his three free throws gave the Pirates a 24-22 lead at the 4:14 first half mark. A second three from Kelan Martin gave Butler a 25-24 lead before Angel Delgado immediately responded with a layup for the 26-25 score at the 3:39 first half mark. The lead continued to trade hands as a layup from freshman G Aaron Thompson gave Butler a 27-26 lead with 2:13 remaining before halftime, but the Pirates closed the first half on a 5-0 run to take a 31-27 halftime lead.

The Bulldogs shot 34.6% (9-26) from the field in the first half, including 25% (2-8) from three. Seton Hall finished the first half at 34.5% (10-29) from the field, including 16.7% (1-6) from three. Khadeen Carrington led all scorers with 13 points.

The Bulldogs opened the second half scoring with a third three from Kelan Martin to trim the lead to 31-30 with 19:33 remaining in the game. Seton Hall extended the lead to three before Butler redshirt sophomore F Sean McDermott tied the game at 35-35 with 16:47 remaining. A pair of free throws and a tip in by Tyler Wideman tied the game on both occasions before a Seton Hall layup and dunk by Angel Delgado gave the Pirates a 43-39 lead with 12:40 remaining. An And-1 three-point play on a drive and layup from Kelan Martin cut the lead to 43-42 with 11:42 remaining, but the Pirates scored the next five points as a three from sophomore G Myles Powell extended the lead to 47-42 with 10:36 remaining. A steal by sophomore G Henry Baddley led to a two-hand fastbreak slam by Kelan Martin before Kamar Baldwin connected on a jumper to cut the lead to 47-46, but the Pirates immediately responded with a three from sophomore G Eron Gordon and a layup from Delgado to push the lead to 52-46 with 8:34 remaining. A layup from junior C Nate Fowler cut the lead to 52-48, but Khadeen Carrington responded with a dunk and three to push the lead up to 57-48 with 7:07 remaining. A 9-3 Butler run that ended on a fourth three from Kelan Martin cut the score to 60-57 with 3:56 remaining, but a missed layup and three from Kamar Baldwin helped the Pirates push the lead to 66-57 with 1:48 remaining. After two free throws from Martin, Khadeen Carrington connected on a third three to give the Pirates their largest lead of the night at 69-59 with 1:03 remaining. Kamar Baldwin immediately responded with a three with 0:54 remaining, but the Bulldogs were forced to foul as Carrington hit two free throws. Kelan Martin connected on a fifth three to cut the lead to 71-65 with 0:29 remaining a kept the game interesting with a sixth three following a pair of Seton Hall free throws to bring the score to 73-68 with 0:18 remaining. But Myles Powell would seal the game with four straight free throws to bring the lead to 77-68 with 0:06 remaining before Kelan Martin hit two free throws with 0:03 remaining for the final 77-70 score.

Butler finished the game shooting 40.4% (23-57) from the field, including 32% (8-25) from three. Seton Hall finished the game at 50% (26-52) form the field, including 35.7% (5-14) from three. Seton Hall shot 87% (20-23) at the free throw line to secure the win while Butler finished at an even better 88.9% (16-18) at the charity stripe.

Senior F Kelan Martin finished with a game-high 35 points on a 11-24 (45.8%) performance from the field, including 50% (6-12) from three

Martin’s 35 points give him 1,961 for his Butler career. He passed both Matt Howard and Kellen Dunham Saturday night, moving into third place on the Butler All-Time Scoring List. Saturday was also his fourth 30-point performance of the season and his 35 points were just two shy of his career-high set earlier this season in a win over Marquette on Jan. 12.

Martin scored at least 20 points in 12 of the team’s 18 BIG EAST contests. His 23.6 points per game in conference play led the BIG EAST.

Senior F Tyler Wideman used eight free throws to register 10 points. He and Martin each had a team-high six rebounds.

Freshman G Aaron Thompson finished with a game-high three blocks and tied for a game-high three steals.

It was Seton Hall’s seniors who orchestrated the win as Khadeen Carrington (25) and Angel Delgado (21 points, 10 rebounds) combined for 46 points.

The two teams will meet again Thursday in the quarterfinals of the BIG EAST Tournament. Seton Hall will be the No. 3 seed, while Butler is the tournament’s No. 6 seed.

Christopher Fultz is a Senior Writer for the Indiana Sports Report and is recognized as an accredited member of the media by Butler Athletics and has full media access. Follow @CafultzISR and the @IndySportsRep on Twitter.

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