NEW YORK – 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 in the opening round of the Big East tournament.
The eighth-seeded Pirates (16-16) get top-seeded and third-ranked Villanova in the quarterfinals today.
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.
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.
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.
BALL STATE 61, NORTHERN ILLINOIS 47: The fifth-seeded Cardinals advanced to the quarterfinals of the Mid-American Conference tournament in Cleveland.
Ball State (16-15) will play No. 4 Buffalo at noon today.
Nathalie Fontaine led the Cardinals with 17 points and eight rebounds.