Butler wins at Seton Hall, evens Big East record at 6-6
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Kelan Martin had 23 points and 10 rebounds and Butler contained Isaiah Whitehead after a 23-point first half in posting an 81-75 victory over Seton Hall on Wednesday night.
Kellen Dunham scored 15 of his 18 in the second half and Andrew Chrabascz added 11 points and a big block in the closing seconds as the Bulldogs (17-7, 6-6 Big East) won their third straight game.
Tyler Wideman also had 11 points and Roosevelt Jones 10 for Butler, which shot 56 percent from the field.
Whitehead, who made all eight of his shots in the first half, had only three points in the second half on 0-for-6 shooting and finished with a career-high 26. He matched his career high with 10 assists, nine after halftime. Desi Rodriguez added 18 points for Seton Hall (17-7, 7-5), which had a four-game winning streak snapped.
Butler, which scored 40 points in the paint, took the lead for good with a 16-4 run early in the second half. Dunham started the spurt with five straight points and finished it with two free throws for a 56-47 lead with 13:37 left.
Seton Hall made little runs the rest of the way but it never got over the hump as the Bulldogs hit big baskets at the most crucial times.
Down 64-56, the Pirates scored six straight points to get within 64-62. Martin then calmly hit a 3-pointer to ignite a 7-2 run that pushed the margin to 71-64 with 5:55 to go.
The Pirates made their final run in the final three minutes, scoring six straight points to get to 77-75 when Ismael Sanogo hit 1 of 2 free throws with 1:10 left. Martin missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 49.6 seconds to go but Sanogo lost his handle on the rebound and there was a jump ball, with Butler having the possession arrow. Jones, a senior, then worked the clock down and banked in a running layup high off the backboard with 20.4 seconds to go for a 79-75 lead.
Chrabascz, who also had five rebounds and six assists, blocked Whitehead on a drive and that was it.
Whitehead was the only reason Seton Hall was tied at 38-all at halftime, hitting a career-best seven 3-pointers.
The sophomore had never hit more than four 3-points in a game. His 23 first-half points were a season-high and just two off his career high, set on Dec. 6, 2014 against Rutgers.
Butler did most of its damage inside in the first half, scoring 20 points in the paint.