The Butler Bulldogs overcame a 16 point halftime deficit to beat the Golden Eagles 88-80. Butler moves on to 5-2 record in conference play while Marquette sits at an even 3-3.
Marquette simply lit the Dawgs up in the first half, making seven threes and shooting 50% from the field. On Butler’s side a horrendous 12% three point shooting percentage and an equally bad 36% from the field seemed to keep the Dawgs out of contention. The halftime score was 41-25 Marquette.
The Golden Eagles’ freshman star Markus Howard scored 12 of his 16 first half points in the first five minutes, just picking Butler’s defense apart. He went on to finish with 26 points on 56% shooting.
Coming out of the half down 16 must have been a wake up call for the Bulldogs, who went on to outscore Marquette 63-39. Butler’s offense was rolling in the second half, on the coattails of their offensive stars Kamar Baldwin, Kelan Martin, and Kethan Savage.
Savage scored fourteen points in the second half to finish with 17 in the contest. He also pulled down four rebounds.
Kelan Martin was Butler’s leading scorer for the game, and finished with 22 and a game high seven rebounds. He also turned it on in the second half scoring 14.
Kamar Baldwin shined all over the court once again. He finished with 18 points (13 of which were in the second half). He also had three rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block. The freshman can do it all, and is dazzling to watch out on the court.
At a key moment in the second half, Baldwin scored a floating layup, and proceeded to steal the ball from Markus Howard on the ensuing defensive possession, leading to another Butler score.
Once again, the Bulldogs shot 30 freethrows in the game, making 23 of them. This production from the line, especially in the second half, helped to carry them to victory.
Defensively, Butler began to alternate between man and 2-3 zone defenses in the second half, confusing Marquette’s offense and throwing a wrench into their drive-and-kick oriented scoring. As a result, the Golden Eagles made only three long balls in the second half, compared to their seven in the first half.
Hinkle Fieldhouse was alive and buzzing with basketball magic again this afternoon, in an amazing comeback for the Butler Bulldogs.
Next for the Dawgs, they travel to Depaul and then Seton Hall for a two game road trip. The Depaul game will be on the 21st at 2 PM.
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