NEWARK (NJ) - Butler (12-9, 2-7) finally got over the hump on the road in the Big East. The Bulldogs hit clutch shots down the stretch, picked up big stops on the defensive end, and defeated Seton Hall (12-9, 3-5) at the Prudential Center 64-57 on Wednesday night.
It was the Butler defense that won the game for the Bulldogs. They held Seton Hall to 40.4% (23/57) shooting including just 32.3% in the 2nd half.
The Bulldogs held the Pirates scoreless over the final 1:27 to preserve the victory.
Butler was led by a balanced attack. Khyle Marshall finished with 13 points shooting 6/9 from the field, freshman Elijah Brown scored 12 points on 5/9 shooting off the bench (2/4 3PT), Kameron Woods scored 11 points and added 8 rebunds, and leading scorer Kellen Dunham had 9 points on just 3/10 shooting, but hit two clutch threes down the stretch.
The change worked out well as Chrabascz, making his first start of the season, scored 11 points and had 3 rebounds and 2 steals.
Fuquan Edwin was tough for Butler to stop all night. He finished with a game-high 20 points (8/18 FG) including shooting 4/7 from three. He also had 6 steals and 3 rebounds.
George Teague added 13 points (6/7 FG) while Brandon Mobley had 10 points and 10 rebounds off the bench.
Butler led for much of the 1st half before Seton hall rallied to tie the game just before half 28-28 with 4:17 left.
The Bulldogs connected on two threes from Erik Fromm and Elijah Brown and Butler took a 34-33 lead into halftime.
In the 2nd half Butler quickly extended their lead to 38-33 before Seton Hall went on a run. The Pirates used a 13-3 run to grab a 46-40 lead with 12:46 to go.
Butler responded and the two teams went back and forth with multiple lead changes until Sterling Gibbs gave Seton Hall a 55-51 lead with 4:38 left.
Dunham, who had struggled for most of the game, then hit two consecutive threes for Butler and the Bulldogs led 57-55 with 2:28 remaining.
After Gibbs had tied the game at 57-57 with 1:28 left, Khyle Marshall hit a runner to give Butler the 59-57 lead and the Bulldogs stopped Seton Hall and hit 5/6 free throws down the stretch to preserve the lead.
NOTES: Erik Fromm connected on his only shot of the game, a three, and finished with 3 points and 4 rebounds off the bench...Butler turned the ball over 11 times, while Seton Hall had just 10...Alex Barlow finished with 5 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals...Attendance was 5,826.
It was over when...Kameron Woods hit two free throws after blocking Sterling Gibbs on the defensive end where he was fouled. Butler's lead was extended to 61-57 with 47 seconds left.
Stat of the Game: 5 - Five Butler players scored 9 points or more. Despite leading scorer Kellen Dunham struggling for much of the game and finishing below double figures, Butler was able to scratch out a victory on the road in the Big East for the first time.