Bulldogs hang on for critical win over Seton Hall

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INDIANAPOLIS — Kellen Dunham hit four 3-pointers and scored 22 points and Butler held on late to beat Seton Hall 85-78 on Wednesday night.

Roosevelt Jones finished with 20 points and five assists and Kelan Martin added 13 points and nine rebounds for the Bulldogs (20-9, 9-8 Big East). They are in a battle with Providence and Marquette to remain in the top six in the conference standings, thus earning a first-round bye into the tournament quarterfinals. Butler hosts Marquette in the regular-season finale on Saturday.

Isaiah Whitehead scored 27 to lead Seton Hall (21-8, 11-6), which had won eight of its last nine games.

Butler led 43-28 at halftime, but the Pirates opened the second on a 12-2 run and cut the Bulldogs lead to 77-75 on a Whitehead jumper with 1:27 left.

Jones responded with a layup and later hit two free throws to push the lead 81-75 with 45 seconds left.

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