NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Seton Hall is learning that being ranked comes with a price.
Everyone wants to post the upset and Butler got one on Tuesday night, knocking off the 21st-ranked Pirates 79-75 in overtime despite a 30-point effort by Seton Hall point guard Sterling Gibbs.
“Like I said before we went from the hunter to the hunted,” said Gibbs, who fouled out with 2:08 left in the overtime. “Now teams come in, and when we go to teams, each game this is a good win for each team we play. This is a good one for Butler. They can put it on their resume. They came into the game looking at that and I think we have to realize that being ranked and a top-notch team what comes along with it.”.
Butler stepped up for this one, getting a season-high 23 points from Roosevelt Jones and 21 from Kellen Dunham. The two scored nine of the first 10 points in the overtime for Butler (13-5, 3-2 Big East), which blew a late seven-point second-half lead.
“This was really big for us,” Jones said after Butler handed Seton Hall (13-4, 3-2) it first home loss.
Andrew Chrabascz added 12 points and Kameron Woods had 15 rebounds for the Bulldogs, who posted an impressive win over Xavier this past weekend.
Khadeen Carrington added a career-best 20 points and fellow freshman Angel Delgado had 12 points and a career-best 15 rebounds for Seton Hall, which got 13 points from its other six players who stepped on the court.
“I think we’re getting used to having Sterling bail us out all the time,” Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard said. “I think we’re all getting a little reliant on Sterling. We have to do a better job of trying to help him. We need to have other players step up and contribute. The other guys need to be a little more assertive and create things either for themselves or for other guys at times.”.
Butler never trailed in the overtime, with Dunham putting it ahead 70-67 with a 3-pointer from the left wing with 3:49 to go.
Wood, who finished with nine points, stretched the lead to four points with a free throw, but Gibbs got Seton Hall back in the game with a 3-pointer with 2:32 to play.
Gibbs, however, picked up his fifth foul on the ensuing possession and walked off the court disgusted with the call. Dunham hit both free throws to push the lead to 73-70.
Desi Rodriguez scored on a dunk to get the Pirates to 73-72 but Jones hit consecutive layups and Woods added a free throw to give Butler a 78-72 lead with :08 seconds left.
A 3-pointer by Carrington with 6 seconds to play got Seton Hall to 78-75 but Jackson Aldridge iced the game with a free throw with :04 to play, his only point of the game.
Butler had a chance to win it at the end of regulation but Dunham’s contested shot from just inside the 3-point line fell short.
Trailing 62-55 with 2:23 left in regulation, Seton Hall used an 8-1 run to tie it on a three-point play by Carrington.
After Dunham and Gibbs each hit two free throws, Woods scored on a rebound follow with 29.5 seconds to go to give Butler a 67-65 edge. Carrington hit a short jumper in the lane five seconds later for the final points of regulation.
Butler had used a 13-1 run to start the second half to turn a 32-28 deficit into a 41-33 lead.
Butler: After allowing Seton Hall to shoot 50 percent in the first half, the Bulldogs limited Seton Hall to 12 of 38 in the final 25 minutes, including 3 of 11 in the overtime.
Seton Hall: The Pirates were looking for their first 4-1 start in the conference since 2011-12 and just the sixth time overall.
Butler: at Georgetown on Saturday.
Seton Hall: hosts DePaul on Jan. 22.