No. 5 Butler Upset by Myles Powell, No. 18 Seton Hall 78-70

Megan ArmstrongAnalyst IIIJanuary 16, 2020

CINCINNATI, OH - JANUARY 08: Myles Powell #13 of the Seton Hall Pirates reacts in the second half of the game against the Xavier Musketeers at Cintas Center on January 8, 2020 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Seton Hall defeated Xavier 83-71. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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It was ranked-on-ranked crime at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on Wednesday night. 

The No. 18 Seton Hall Pirates upset the No. 5 Butler Bulldogs 78-70 behind senior guard Myles Powell's game-high 29 points. 

Sophomore guard Jared Rhoden emphatically sealed the victory, though:

The Bulldogs were led by senior guard Kamar Baldwin's 19 points and bolstered by junior reserve forward Jordan Tucker's 14 points and 10 rebounds in the loss. 

It was an evenly matched contest throughout with Butler's largest lead being 10 points and Seton Hall's nine. The Bulldogs led 40-30 at halftime, but their last lead of the night came with 3:48 remaining in regulation.

Butler made it a one-possession game twice down the stretch, but the Pirates didn't budge.

After forward Sean McDermott gave Butler a 66-65 lead at the 3:48 mark, Rhoden hit two free throws to put Seton Hall in front at the 3:32 mark. Powell sunk a three-pointer to make it a four-point advantage before Butler's Derrik Smits answered with a layup, narrowing the lead to 70-68.

Rhoden wouldn't allow the Bulldogs to get any closer:

While Powell is unquestionably the Pirates' engine, leading the team with 22.0 points per game this season, Rhoden's production has proved essential in Seton Hall victories:

It's just the second time in the last 10 seasons that Butler has lost a home game when leading by 10 points or more at halftime, according to ESPN Stats & Information, and the Bulldogs are 60-2 in such games during that span.

Seton Hall also made some history Wednesday night:

Butler dropped to 15-2, previously losing 53-52 to the No. 2 Baylor Bears on Dec. 10, while 13-4 Seton Hall notched its seventh straight victory. The Pirates' winning streak began on Dec. 19 with a 52-48 win over the No. 17 Maryland Terrapins, who were ranked No. 7 at the time.

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