The Dawgs take their second straight home blowout win against the DePaul Blue Demons, this time, on the back of some stellar defense.
Butler held DePaul to just 66 points, their best defensive performance since their win against Marquette. DePaul shot just 29% from deep (and an even better 11% in the first half). All lower than their average team statistics. The Dawgs also had six steals in the game.
Butler had 12 players check into the game, including walk-on senior guards Steven Bennett and Trey Pettus.
Sophomore center Nate Fowler lead the Bulldogs in scoring with 15 points off the bench. Fowler was 7-9 in the game, but only played 19 minutes. Talk about offensive efficiency.
Senior guard Tyler Lewis also had quite a game, scoring 10 points and dishing out eight dimes. Lewis also came off of the bench and played just 19 minutes.
Kelan Martin and Avery Woodson shot the lights out from deep once again, making six combined long balls at a 60% clip. Martin again came off of the bench, and grabbed eight rebounds in the contest as well.
For DePaul, Eli Cain once again picked the Butler defense apart, scoring 24 points on 69% shooting. He also had six rebounds and three assists.
DePaul junior forward Joe Hanel had a solid first half, going 100% from the field and scoring eight points, but then slowed down in the second half to only score once more. He finished with 10 points and five rebounds.
Besides Cain and Hanel, no Blue Demons reached double figures. Butler did an effective job of sharing the offensive load, and played good team defense to stop DePaul from scaring them yet again.
The Dawgs seem to be back on track, scoring effectively, playing good team defense and winning the games that they should. Kelan Martin is becoming an effective bench player, and providing needed scoring on limited minutes.
Butler’s next game is at Villanova on Wednesday. They will need to have everything going for them if they want to upset the defending champs yet again.
Player of the game:
Nate Fowler scored efficiently, played solid interior defense, and was a force with his short range post moves against DePaul. The sophomore’s role on the team has been increasing all season, but will be even greater next year with the graduation of senior scoring big Andrew Chrabascz. Look for Fowler to be doing big things for the Dawgs in the near and distant future.
Photo Credit: Jimmy Lafakis on Twitter