NCAAB Game Recap - Butler at Seton Hall
Wed Feb 19, 2020 6:30 PM EST

Duke
66
NCSU
88
F
Syr
66
Lou
90
F
Vill
91
DeP
71
F
Aub
55
UGA
65
F
Butl
72
Seton
74
F
Tuls
43
Hou
76
F
Samf
66
Mercer
106
F
Furm
66
ETSU
75
F
UCF
89
Cin
87
F(2OT)
ECU
73
Mem
77
F
TexAM
74
Alab
68
F
VMI
74
WCU
71
F
GaTec
86
Wake
79
F
Iona
64
Sien
65
F
Mich
60
Rut
52
F
GMas
50
Rich
65
F
Woff
79
UNCG
83
F(OT)
Army
77
LoyMD
81
F
Boston
59
Lafy
61
F
Chat
91
Citad
68
F
Leh
67
Colg
70
F
Navy
62
Amer
71
F
CenAR
68
SFA
83
F
Lamar
77
SamH
65
F
Nich
73
NWSt
69
F
SMU
72
Tul
80
F
ULMo
66
ArkSt
52
F
NDSt
77
SDak
74
F
BC
65
UVA
78
F
McNee
59
InWor
65
F
SDSt
94
N DA
83
F
TCU
56
Tex
70
F
CBap
63
UMKC
69
F
IlSt
69
LoyIL
84
F
Valpa
75
Drake
77
F(OT)
MOSt
79
Brad
83
F(OT)
Ford
49
LaSal
58
F
GrgWas
70
Duques
67
F
AbCh
82
HBU
68
F
Prov
73
GTown
63
F
KansSt
62
TxTch
69
F
Wyo
58
UtSt
78
F
SCar
76
MisSt
79
F
Ind
68
Minn
56
F
Mia-FL
102
VaTec
95
F(3OT)
Cal
66
WaSt
57
F
Bois
80
SJSU
62
F
AF
62
Fres
71
F
LongB
55
UCIrv
70
F

Feb 19, 2020, 6:30 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

(21) Butler (19-8)

34

38

72

(16) Seton Hall (19-7)

28

46

74

Mamukelashvili shot at buzzer lifts Seton Hall over Butler
Wed Feb 19, 2020 10:44 PM

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) With the game tied and less than a second to play, Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard had a feeling Butler would be looking for Pirates' leading scorer Myles Powell to get the ball.

So he called a play Sandro Mamukelashvili, one he had seen a couple of months ago watching the Sacramento Kings on television in the wee hours of the morning.

Mamukelashvili hit an off-balance shot in the lane at the buzzer to give No. 16 Seton Hall a stunning 74-72 victory over No. 21 Butler on Wednesday night.

The game-winning shot came on an inbounds play after the officials reviewed a missed shot by Quincy McKnight and added two tenths of a second, putting 0.6 on the clock.

“The play was to throw it up and have Sandro go get it and hope for a miracle,” Willard said.

Mamukelashvili, who scored 11 of his 15 points in the second half, said he had time to briefly catch the inbounds pass by McKnight and put up it, where it hit the rim and rolled in.

“I don't know if it was difficult or not. I just shot it," said the junior from the Republic of Georgia. “At that moment I just wanted to score the basket. Probably it is a difficult shot, but Quincy just threw it so good it made it look easy."

After being mobbed by his teammates, Mamukelashvili went to the corner and hugged his father, Zurab, who had made the trip overseas to see his son for the first time since May.

“It's a cancer day and my father is a cancer survivor so it was just great, great," the power forward said after Seton Hall (19-7, 11-3) ended a two-game losing streak.

Butler (19-7, 7-7) had made three 3-pointers in the final 64 seconds to wipe out a five-point deficit. Sean McDermott hit the last two, tying the game at 72 with 8.8 seconds left.

“Each and every night it's going to come down to one or two possessions," Butler coach LaVall Jordan said of Big East games. “You know that. It's my third year and it hasn't changed."

Jordan said he brought in 6-foot-10 John-Michael Mulloy to add more size to his lineup, thinking the play would go to 7-foot-2 Romaro Gill. It went to the kid known as ‘Mamu'.

“He just made a great shot," Jordan said.

McKnight led the Pirates with 18 points. Powell had 16 and Gill 15 points.

Kamar Baldwin had 20 to lead the Bulldogs, while big man Bryce Golden added 17 points before fouling out with 2:19 to play.

McKnight hit a 3-pointer to break a 63-all tie with 1:49 to play and Gill slammed home a dunk with 1:04 to go to make it 68-63.

Jordan Tucker started the run of Butler threes and McDermott answers four free throws by McKnight with his threes to set up the final play.

Butler hit nine of its first 15 shots and opened a 22-12 lead on a 3-pointer by Golden midway through the first half.

Seton Hall, which was limited to 33% shooting from the field in the first 20 minutes managed to get within 34-28 at the half on two free throws by Gill, who led the Pirates nine points.

BIG PICTURE

Butler: Since opening 15-1, the Bulldogs are 4-7 and may fall out of the Top 25. They are an NCAA Tournament team and Baldwin is fun to watch. Still one win from their 20th 20-win season in 24 years.

“I was proud of our guys for their response," Jordan said of the late comeback. “Never thinking it was over, believing the whole time and stepping up and making big plays.”

Seton Hall: Got back on track after losses to No. 15 Creighton and Providence. They are 4-3 against ranked teams and remain in first place in the Big East.

TIP-INS:

This is only the second time in 17 games Butler has lost when leading at halftime. ... It's the ninth time Seton Hall has won after trailing at halftime. ... Baldwin has led Butler in scoring in 11 of the last 14 games. ... The Pirates shot 57% from the field in the second half, 16 of 28.

UP NEXT:

Butler: at No. 15 Creighton on Sunday.

Seton Hall: Faces St. John's at home Sunday afternoon, and Willard does not expect a hangover from this exciting win.

“It's the end of February and we are in first place in the league,” he said. "I don't have to worry about that. I'll make sure they are ready and I think they understand the opportunity they have."

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Leaders

Butler PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. Mulloy 0 0 0 0 0 0
K. Battle 0 0 0 0 0 0
Seton Hall PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
I. Obiagu 0 0 0 0 0 0
T. Samuel 0 0 0 0 0 0

Team Comparison

Butl Seton
Points For 72 74
Field Goals 27/55-49% 24/52-46%
Three Pointers 7/21-33% 6/16-38%
Free Throws 11/15-73% 20/22-91%
Offensive Rebounds 6 9
Defensive Rebounds 19 23
Rebounds 27 35
Blocks 2 3
Steals 7 3
Turnovers 11 12
Personal Fouls 16 15
Technical Fouls 1 1
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Seton Leads Series 2-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Wed Jan 15 Seton 78 @ Butl 70 A. Nelson 2 K. Battle 2
Wed Feb 19 Butl 72 @ Seton 74 J. Tucker 3 M. Cale 3

Game Information

Stadium: Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey
Attendance: 10,481
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