Postgame: Butler routs St. Louis 75-45
Butler rides fantastic defense to an impressive victory against the St. Louis University Billikens in their first game back at Hinkle Fieldhouse after the PK80 invitational. Butler is now 6-2 and have won three straight games.
The Billikens continued their poor outside shooting season at Hinkle, going 0-8 from long distance in the first half, and finishing the contest 4-19. Butler’s defense shut them down in the paint as well though, as St. Louis’s forwards were contained by Tyler Wideman and company. St. Louis shot just 29% from the field.
St. Louis’s Javon Bess lead the way offensively, scoring 22 points and grabbing 10 rebounds, but he also had seven turnovers: the biggest contributor to the Billikens’ 17 total turnovers in the game. Bess seemed to be the only viable offensive option for his team, and was the only Billiken in double figures.
Butler’s offense on the other hand, seemed to be a well oiled machine. In the first half, the offense was flowing through junior transfer Paul Jorgensen, who was getting steals on the defensive end that turned into transition points, and knocking down threes in the halfcourt. Jorgensen scored eight of his 11 points in the first half. Jorgensen started in the place of an injured Sean McDermott, and finished with four assists and three steals as well.
Kelan Martin scored an impressive 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead all players. Kamar Baldwin was the third Butler player in double figures, scoring 14 points for the Bulldogs.
While these veteran players had big games, it was also a big game for some younger guys on Butler’s squad. Sophomore forward Henry Baddley had nine points and seven rebounds, a career high in both categories, and freshmen Jerald Gillens-Butler and Christian David both recorded their first career baskets for Butler. Butler’s big lead allowed inexperienced players bigger minutes than normal, keeping the crazy win from being even larger than 30.
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Kelan Martin was pouring in points once again for his second straight 20 point performance, and recorded his second double double of the season. Martin will look to continue the big scoring outputs in Butler’s next game against Utah, also at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
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