#18 Creighton 68, Butler 63 - Well, that got interesting quick.
Yes, Creighton rolled out to a 17-7 lead in the first nine minutes, with 12 of their points coming off the hands of Doug McDermott. But by halftime, McDermott only had two more points, and the Bulldogs and Bluejays had traded the lead a few times before tilting towards Creighton by three.
The Jays would drag themselves to a seven point lead in the middle of the half, but this is Butler, and this game was at Hinkle Fieldhouse, so it wasn't going to end easily for the visitors. Khyle Marshall buried a jumper with 74 seconds left, and all Butler had to do was defend their one point lead, and they did a pretty good job of it.
"I didn't think I made it all. I was really surprised when it went in." Such are the words of the best player in the country when he buries a three pointer that gives his team a 2 point lead with 49 seconds left. Butler wouldn't score again, and four free throws from Austin Chatman made McDermott's bucket stand up as the game winner.
Dougie McBuckets finished with 26 points and five rebounds, while Will Artino had 10 points and 11 rebounds while getting some late game minutes in place of Ethan Wragge, who missed all four of his three point attempts in the game. Kellen Dunham bounced back from his rocky outing on Tuesday night with a team high 16 points, and Kameron Woods grabbed a game high 12 rebounds for the Bulldogs. Go check out White & Blue Review and Butler Hoops for more on this game.
St. John's 68, Seton Hall 67 - Which part of this is worst for Seton Hall?
1. After Tuesday's home loss to Marquette, Pirates head coach Kevin Willard said "This group hasn't seized their opportunities, which they've had, and I don't think they've understood them," which apparently led to
2. Shortly before Thursday night's home game against St. John's, Willard announced the indefinite suspensions of Eugene Teague and Brian Oliver, saying "Brian and Eugene the other day came to practice with not great attitudes, and we're just not going to sit here at this point in the season and let that go on." Both Oliver and Teague transferred to Seton Hall after Willard's first season at the helm. That led to...
3. Brian Oliver tweeting this:
I'm sorry I let my team down. I'd learn a lesson if it was one to be learned. I guess losing brings out the worst in everyone. #sorry— Brian (@BO_ThaGod) February 14, 2014
4. A suddenly shorthanded Seton Hall team led by as many as nine in the first half, five at intermission, and had a four point lead with 3:10 to play, but didn't score again, and ultimately fell to the Red Storm at home for the first time since 1998. No, that's not a joke.
I mean, just pick one, right?
Fuquan Edwin led all scorers with 25, while four different Johnnies cracked double digits, led by 12 from D`Angelo Harrison. South Orange Juice is left to pick up the pieces, while Rumble In the Garden celebrates SJU's continued hot streak.