New York, NY – Butler and Seton Hall opened the 2014 Big East conference tournament at Madison Square Garden. Both teams have trouble shooting in the first half (mid-30 percent range). Early in the second half Seton Hall established inside scoring with Eugene Teague and Patrik Auda. That set up their wings/guards Brian Oliver, Fuquan Edwin and Brandon Mobley to create balanced second half scoring to edge Butler 51-50.
The bright spot for Butler was Khyle Marshall scoring 22 points with most of them came from mid post area and inside the paint. Butler, playing in their first Big East tournament, made a strong comeback cutting a second half double digit lead to two points as Marshall went to the foul line. However, he missed two free throws that would have tied the score. Marshall, a 6-6 forward that plays best when being active in the lane. Butler shot only 2-of-18 on three-pointers.
Seton Hall had double figure scoring from Eugene Teague (14 points, 11 rebounds) , Brian Oliver (10 points) and Fuquan Edwin (10 points). The Pirates were able to beat Butler by using their size. To have a chance but to win another game in the tournament they need to cut down on their turnovers.
In the second game of the day, DePaul topped Georgetown 60-56 in a mild upset. DePaul used two Forrest Robinson (14 points, 4-of-5 3PT) three pointers and two Billy Garrett Jr. (17 points) free throws to create an eight point lead with 3:51 left in the game. Garrett Jr., the Big East rookie of the year, played a big role during the final part of the game. He handled the ball and made key free throws to ice the game.
For Georgetown this ends a disappointing season. They can build around D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera (21 points) but they will need a good recruiting class to give energy to the program and replace their leader Markel Starks (17 points).
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