Butler returned to Hinkle Fieldhouse victorious, taking down the St. John’s Red Storm in an offensive explosion that gave the Dawgs their 20th win of the season.
Butler was everywhere on the offensive end of the floor in this game, shooting 50% from three (13/26), 58% from the field, and a barrage of putback dunks and transition scoring. The Dawgs flew out to an impressive lead on one of their best offensive nights of the season.
Avery Woodson lead the way for the Bulldogs, knocking down six threes and tallying 20 total points in the game. Big man Andrew Chrabascz also scored 20, and knocked down two long balls of his own.
Kelan Martin once again came off of the bench, but scored 19 of his own points, and also grabbed nine rebounds. While this isn’t where Martin is meant to play on the team, he filled this strange new role well in this game, and lead his team to a big win.
Big man Tyler Wideman had a double double, with 14 points and 10 rebounds. He was dominating the offensive glass and had a couple of impressive dunks in the game that got the home crowd hyped up.
St. John’s was lead (not surprisingly) by their guards. Freshman guard Shamorie Ponds scored 18 points and had four steals and four assists. Shooter Federico Mussini came off of the bench to lead the Red Storm with 20 points, coming primarily from deep.
Bashir Ahmed carried St. John’s in the beginning of the second half, effortlessly getting to the rim against mismatches with Butler big men Nate Fowler and Tyler Wideman. He scored 15 in the game and had four rebounds.
The Dawgs lead for the entirety of the game. This offensive explosion was exactly what Butler needed to bounce back from their last couple of disappointing loss. With another tough stretch of conference games coming up to end the regular season (@Nova @Xavier and vs Seton Hall) the Bulldogs will need to be playing their best.
Butler will look to continue to improve their play and boost their offensive confidence this weekend against DePaul at Hinkle. Watch out world, Butler is back on track.
Player of the game:
Avery Woodson was hitting every shot he took in the first half. The veteran shooter had a breakout performance for his highest scoring game of the season. Woodson wowed the Hinkle crowd, and will need to continue to be a factor for the Dawgs, especially come tournament time.
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