The newly ranked Butler Bulldogs defeat the Utah Runnin’ Utes in a Monday night matchup in Utah.
Once again, Kelan Martin lead the Bulldogs with 18 points, three rebounds and a couple of assists. Butler had three other players (Chrabascz, Wideman, and Lewis) in double digits, relying heavily on their starters for offensive production.
Point guard Tyler Lewis masterfully directed the offense with six assists, five of which came in the first half. He also had 10 points, including a made three pointer from way beyond the arc.
Butler big man Tyler Wideman also had a standout game, shooting a perfect 6-6 from the floor for 15 points and tallying 5 rebounds and two steals.
The Dawgs defence was also on the prowl recording 12 steals in the contest. 4 of these came from Freshman point guard Kamar Baldwin who played 21 minutes off the bench.
A weak point for the dawgs was at the free throw line. Butler shot 47% on 15 attempts whereas Utah shot 82% and scored 18 of their points at the stripe.
Utah’s Stars lead the way offensively with Kyle Kuzma scoring 21 points and grabbing 10 boards and star senior guard Lorenzo Bonam scored 17
The Ute’s demise in this game was their shooting and their turnovers. Utah shot 37% from the field and only 15% from deep in the game. Over the course of the game they also gave the ball away 18 times, resulting in a solid amount of points off of turnovers and transition scores for the Bulldogs.
Butler played well, but maybe not #18 well, in their win over Utah. They played against a zone defense for a portion of the game which might have shaken up players who are used their typical screen and roll style offense. The free throws are a thing to work on this week, as they have until Saturday for their next action.
Butler finishes off their road trip with another win to put them at 7-0 for the season. This week they will return to Indianapolis for another game at Hinkle fieldhouse against Central Arkansas on Saturday at 4PM Eastern time.
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