NEW YORK (AP) — Eugene Teague had 14 points, 11 rebounds and scored all of Seton Hall’s points over the final 9:30 as the Pirates prevailed in a battle of second-half runs for a 51-50 victory over Butler on Wednesday night in the opening round of the Big East tournament.
The eighth-seeded Pirates (16-16) gets top-seeded and third-ranked Villanova in the quarterfinals Thursday.
Seton Hall used an 11-0 run to take a 38-26 lead over the ninth-seeded Bulldogs (14-17) with 12:53 to play. Butler came up empty on nine straight possessions in the run and the Pirates extended their lead to 45-32 on a 3-pointer by Brian Oliver with 9:46 to go.
Khyle Marshall, who led Butler with 22 points, started scoring inside and the Bulldogs took advantage of some cold shooting by Seton Hall to go an 14-3 run that made it 48-46 with 4:44 to go.
Alex Barlow hit a 3 for Butler in the run, just the second in 16 attempts for the Bulldogs to that point.
Teague, who scored Seton Hall’s only six points over the final 9:30, scored down low with 2:1 left to give the Pirates a 51-46 lead.
Marshall dunked with 1:50 to go and Kellen Dunham dunked after a steal with 47 seconds left to bring Butler to 51-50.
Brandon Mobley missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 4.3 seconds left and Butler had a last chance to win but Barlow’s shot from just inside midcourt hit the backboard.
Oliver and Mobley both had 10 points for the Pirates, who had lost four of five, and Mobley grabbed nine rebounds.
Kameron Woods had seven points and 12 rebounds for Butler, which finished 2 of 18 from 3-point range. The Bulldogs had won two straight after losing seven in a row.
This is Seton Hall’s first appearance in the quarterfinals since 2003.
Butler was making its first appearance in the Big East tournament. The Bulldogs had advanced in a conference tournament the last eight seasons. They are in the third different conference tournament in the last three seasons, first in the Horizon League and last season in the Atlantic 10.