For the first time since 1998-99, the Seton Hall Pirates are 3-0 in Big East play.
The Pirates improved to 3-0 after their 90-87 victory over the Butler Bulldogs Saturday afternoon at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
Khadeen Carrington provided a powerful scoring punch for Seton Hall with a season-high 29 points, but the big (pun intended) story of the day was Angel Delgado. The big man had a career-high 28 points and 15 rebounds as he recorded yet another double-double was virtually unstoppable en route to going 9-15 from the field.
At this point, it’s impossible to overstate just how good Delgado is. It’s rare that a player of this caliber stays for all four years, but it’s been a joy to watch Delgado’s time in the Big East.
On the other side, Kelan Martin bounced back from a tough first half in which he was marred by foul trouble and had just seven points. Martin had 20 in the second half to finish with a team-leading 27.
This game will likely be remembered with regret for the Bulldogs, as they had Seton Hall against the ropes with an 11 point lead with 10 minutes to play. Much like the game against Creighton to open Big East play, though, the Hall came roaring back.
Both of these teams appear to be heading for the NCAA Tournament, and it goes to show that every Big East game this year will be a tough one.
Butler falls to 12-5 on the year and 2-2 in conference play. They’ll travel to Creighton on Tuesday. Seton Hall improves to 14-2 and 3-0 in conference play and will continue their midwest road trip, heading to Marquette Tuesday.