NEWARK, N.J. -- A few quick thoughts on No. 21 Seton Hall's 79-75 overtime loss to Butler on Tuesday at the Prudential Center:
What it means: Seton Hall will lose its Top 25 ranking next week.
After opening up Big East play with big wins over St. John's and Villanova, the Pirates have now dropped two of three. They also lost at Xavier on Wednesday before edging Creighton on the road over the weekend.
Seton Hall is now 13-4 overall and 3-2 in the conference. Butler, which also beat St. John's at Carnesecca Arena, is now 13-5 overall and 3-2 in the conference, as well.
The turning point: Butler jumped out to a 9-2 lead, as Seton Hall went more than five minutes without scoring after the opening bucket of the game. But the Pirates finished the first half in front 32-28, thanks to nine points from Sterling Gibbs.
The Bulldogs opened the second half on a 13-1 run and led by as many as nine -- 44-35. It took Seton Hall nearly eight minutes to score its first field goal of the half. But the Pirates recovered and finally evened the score at 63 with a Khadeen Carrington 3-point play with 1:10 remaining. Butler had a chance to win it in regulation, with the game tied at 67 and 5.3 seconds left, but Kellen Dunham missed a tough shot from the wing with defenders draped over him.
Butler scored the first four points of overtime before Gibbs drained his sixth 3-pointer of the game to bring Seton Hall back within one, at 71-70. But then Gibbs, who finished with a game-high 30 points, fouled out with 2:08 remaining. The Pirates still had their chances, but a Roosevelt Jones drive and layup with 17.2 seconds left essentially sealed the game.
Star watch: Besides Gibbs, Carrington scored 20 points off the bench, and Angel Delgado had 12 points and 15 rebounds. Brandon Mobley had a nightmare of a game -- the senior shot 1-for-15 from the field before exiting with a left leg injury during OT.
Big East Preseason Rookie of the Year Isaiah Whitehead missed his sixth game in a row with a stress fracture in his foot.
Jones and Dunham had 23 and 21 points, respectively, for Butler.
Number crunch: Seton Hall shot just 39.1 percent from the field, well below its season average of 44.6, and had just seven fast-break points.
What's next: Seton Hall has eight days off before hosting DePaul on Jan. 22. Butler plays at Georgetown on Saturday.