EAST LANSING, Mich. —
The Bulldogs used built a 23-14 lead late in the first half and extended it to 36-22 at the break.
Butler scored 13 of the first 20 points in the second half to make it 49-29 and the Dukes never got closer than 15 again.
No. 17 Marquette 67, Seton Hall 46: Vander Blue scored 19 points and Marquette used a sizeable rebounding advantage to beat Seton Hall.
The win enabled the Golden Eagles (19-6, 10-3 Big East) to hold onto first place in the conference with their fourth win in the last five outings. The Pirates (13-14, 2-12) dropped below the .500 mark for the first time this season — their worst league mark in 29 years.
Marquette went on a 17-0 run over a 5:38 span of the second half, right after Seton Hall grabbed a 33-32 lead. The Golden Eagles used theirs size advantage to take control, with Devante Gardner (18 points) scoring eight during that span.