The Bulldogs take their third loss of the season In Omaha against the number eight ranked Bluejays 75-64.
Butler came into halftime with an insurmountable deficit staring back at them for the first time this season. Creighton gained the 20 point lead by forcing the Dawgs to live, or in this case, die beyond the arc. Butler shot 18% from behind the arc in the first half- on 11 attempts. That was just the beginning of their shooting woes. They finished the game shooting just 41% compared to Creighton’s 55% from the field.
Even when they were down big, Butler relied too heavily on outside shooting, and settled for threes late in the possession instead of working the ball inside and getting to the free throw line. Butler shot just seven free throws the entire game, and missed three of them.
Butler star Kelan Martin could not get anything going, missing his first eight shots scoring seven points on 3/14 shooting in the contest. Scoring Senior forward Andrew Chrabascz also struggled in the game, tallying just two points in 27 minutes of play.
Butler was lead in scoring by shooter Avery Woodson off the bench, who finished with 14 points and was the only Butler player to reach double figures in the game.
Creighton was lead in scoring by point guard and master distributor Maurice Watson Jr. The Senior guard had 21 points and seven assists. Creighton big men Justin Patton and Cole Huff also contributed to the win with 20 points, eight rebounds, and three steals between the two of them.
Creighton’s defense was the difference maker. The Bluejays allowed nothing easy inside and forced Butler to play the majority of the game from three-point land.
And so the saga of the Big East continues: where no win is easy and no team is safe. Butler looks to return to their winning ways this Saturday when they take on Xavier back at home-sweet-Hinkle.
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