Postgame: Butler defeats Princeton 85-75
The Butler Bulldogs push past the Princeton Tigers for their second win of the season at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Butler held off an impressive offensive attack led by Princeton’s Amir Bell and Myles Stephens on their own offensive explosion behind Kelan Martin.
Bell, a senior who averaged just over six points per game last year, led the Tigers with 22 points and four rebounds. Not far behind was junior guard Myles Stephens who finished with 21 points four rebounds and four assists. The pair of guards got to the rim seemingly every time they touched the ball and effortlessly drove through Butler’s defense to get easy scores.
Devin Cannady also fueled Princeton’s offense, knocking down four threes for a total of 12 points in the contest.
Martin finished the game with 20 points, 14 rebounds, and three assists despite a slow first half and foul trouble along the way. Martin joined forward Tyler Wideman as well as guards Kamar Baldwin and Aaron Thompson as the four Butler players in double figures.
Kamar Baldwin was once again the electric player for the Bulldogs in the second half, after his minutes were limited in the first by foul trouble. A transition dunk, a chasedown block, and a clutch made three pointer from Baldwin got the Hinkle crowd on its feet and sealed the victory for the Dawgs. Baldwin finished with 15 points.
Freshman guard Aaron Thompson impressed for Butler as well. Finishing with 15 points, four rebounds and a couple of assists off the bench, Thompson was the strongest performer in the first half with Baldwin sidelined due to foul trouble.
Princeton will take on BYU on Wednesday night at home and Butler’s next game is at Maryland, also on Wednesday night.
Player of the Game:
Kelan Martin, through the first two games, is averaging 20 points, 11.5 rebounds, and two assists per game. These are the types of numbers Martin is capable of night in and night out, especially in Butler’s non conference schedule, and the types of numbers that he should be putting up if he wants to carry this young team and increase his NBA draft stock in his senior year. Watch out for Martin to keep cooking.
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