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  • Associated Press Seton Hall's Angel Delgado grabs a loose ball as Butler's Sean McDermott reaches in during the second half Saturday in Indianapolis.

Sunday, January 07, 2018 1:00 am

Seton Hall 90 Butler 87

Butler sees lead melt away

Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS – Seton Hall never panicked. The Pirates simply stuck to their game plan.

Even when they fell behind by double digits, the Pirates knew they couldn't afford to lose their composure.

Angel Delgado scored 28 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, Khadeen Carrington finished with 29 points and No. 21 Seton Hall overcame an 11-point deficit to defeat Butler 90-87 on Saturday.

“I told the guys, we could be down 20 (and come back). We've been through this a lot of times. These guys, they know how to handle it,” Delgado said.

Seton Hall trailed 65-54 with just under 10 minutes to play when they used a 16-3 run to take the lead. Butler and Seton Hall traded the lead several times during the final 3 minutes in what became a back-and-forth scoring frenzy.

Desi Rodriguez scored 19 points for Seton Hall (14-2, 3-0 Big East).

With 1:08 left in the game, Carrington pushed the ball up the court and drove the lane for the go-ahead basket to make it 84-82. Butler's Kelan Martin missed a jumper with 13 seconds left, and Seton Hall sealed the win at the free throw line. The key to success for the Pirates was working their offense through Delgado, Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard said.

“The main thing we talked about was to get the ball inside consistently,” Willard said. “I thought our guys did a really good job of getting the ball (to Delgado). He's just been passing at such a high level, it's like having a point guard in the post.”

N.C. STATE 96, No. 2 DUKE 85: In Raleigh, North Carolina, Omer Yurtseven scored 16 points, and Torin Dorn hit two huge 3-pointers in the final 2 minutes to lead the Wolfpack (11-5, 1-2 Atlantic Coast Conference).

Dorn first hit a 3 from the corner over an oncoming Marvin Bagley III with 2:02 left and N.C. State protecting a four-point lead. Then Dorn hit one to beat the shot clock on an inbounds pass while being fouled by Javin DeLaurier, a four-point play that pushed the Wolfpack to a 91-80 lead with 1:06 left.

Duke dropped to 13-2, 1-2.