Butler pulls out yet another scary road win by beating DePaul in an ugly overtime game.
DePaul came to the game shooting the lights out, and rushed to a 25-5 lead over the Dawgs in the first eight minutes of the game. The 20 point lead was their highest of the game.
Most of their offense came from behind the three point line, specifically from Eli Cain. The sophomore guard finished with a game high four assists and a career high 32 points. Cain finished 6/11 from deep.
Tre’Darius McCallum also had a big game for DePaul scoring 15 points and pulling down 11 rebounds as well as sending back a couple of Bulldog shots.
Senior point guard Billy Garrett Jr. was an offensive force for the Demons as well, scoring 16 of his own points and notching six rebounds as well.
Butler came back in the first half to trim the lead back to only two points at halftime. Throughout the second half the Dawgs grappled with a single digit deficit and couldn’t get anything going offensively. But neither could DePaul.
Kethan Savage emerged as Butler’s offensive hope, making clutch layups late in the game and in overtime. Savage finished with a season high 20 points and five rebounds. He also had a couple of steals.
Butler’s big men were cut off entirely from their offensive efforts by DePaul. Tyler Wideman was held to just three points (despite his three offensive rebounds and eight total boards) and eventually fouled out of the game. Butler star Andrew Chrabascz was held scoreless in the game as well.
Once again Kamar Baldwin emerged as a young star for the Bulldogs, scoring 18 points in the game, including a clutch three late in the game and a pair of free throws to win the game in overtime.
Neither team could score late in the game, both teams missing their fair share of important free throws late in the game. In the end, the turnovers made the difference. DePaul finished with 12 turnovers and Butler with only six.
Once again, Butler is scared on the road. They never shoot well, they play down to their opponents levels. We saw this at Georgetown, at St. Johns, at Indiana State. This is just another example of the Bulldogs struggling on the road. Look for coach Holtmann to chew out his team in hopes of a better looking start to Wednesday’s game.
Butler is back in action on Wednesday at Seton Hall.
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