Postgame: Butler takes down Marquette at home 94-83
Butler’s offense lead by Kelan Martin’s career night was too much for Marquette to handle, as the Dawgs outgunned the Golden Eagles in Hinkle Fieldhouse.
Kelan Martin had a rough game at Creighton in butler’s last Big East matchup, and came out strong looking to right the ship. The senior Bulldog star had 13 points and six rebounds at the half and then exploded in the second half to finish with a career high 37 points and seven rebounds. Martin was doing it all, draining threes, getting to the freethrow line, and finishing at the rim. To cap off the performance and solidify a Butler win he threw down an impressive two handed dunk in transition over Marquette star Markus Howard.
Butler did a great job of containing Howard, the sophomore, especially in the first half. Howard finished the first half with a zero in his scoring column, and finished the game with 14 points. The three point phenom was flat out stopped at the perimeter, going 0-5 from deep in 33 minutes played. Howard impressed last season with his scoring ability and has continued it this year, scoring 52 points at providence earlier this month, but Butler’s game plan proved effective in limiting his impact on the game.
Butler had just three turnovers in this contest, largely due to the ball handling of sophomore guard Kamar Baldwin, who finished with 19 points, five rebounds, and four assists.
Senior big man Tyler Wideman had himself an efficient game as well, scoring 16 points on 7-10 shooting in just 20 minutes of play.
Butler’s weak point in the game was guarding Marquette’s bigs. Sophomore forward Sam Hauser stands 6’8” and 225 lbs, but his ability to stretch the floor challenged Butler’s Wideman and Nate Fowler. Hauser finished with 30 points on 6-9 three point shooting, which effectively stretched Butler’s defense.
Marquette was a great test for Butler, and a great opportunity to get back on track after three straight Big East losses. Next, the Bulldogs will take a road trip and visit Providence and DePaul: two games where they can prove that they belong among the top of the Big East.
Player of the Game:
Kelan Martin was electric tonight. Every time he caught the ball it seemed like he was making something happen offensively. Not only did it lead his team to victory, but hopefully made basketball fans and NBA scouts alike finally see what a talented and experienced player he is.
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