Postgame: Butler falls to #17 Purdue 82-67
The Boilermakers were too much for Butler to handle on both sides of the floor. Purdue’s big men were too good on the inside for the Bulldogs to score from the interior, and a rough shooting performance in the first half took Butler out of the game from the tip.
All of Purdue’s starters reached double figures, with Carsen Edwards leading the charge with 18 points. The Boilermakers’ offense was getting whatever they wanted all game: open threes off of screens, easy post moves for senior big man Isaac Haas. This was reflected in their shooting percentages, 53% from the field and 43% from deep.
Vince Edwards looked unstoppable on both ends of the floor. He poured in 15 points on four long balls and was a stopper on the defensive end with three blocks. The senior forward also hauled in six rebounds in the contest.
Butler’s offense struggled, especially in the first half. They finished the game shooting just 38% from the field and 31% from three. The Bulldogs coughed up the ball 17 times but did a great job on the offensive glass, grabbing 18 rebounds off of their missed shots.
Kelan Martin was Butler’s highest scorer, with 17 points six rebounds and three steals. Close behind was Paul Jorgensen, who seemed to single handedly bring the Bulldogs back within nine points with just three minutes left in the game. Jorgensen finished with 15 points, eight rebounds and two steals.
Aside from Jorgensen, Butler’s guards struggled. Kamar Baldwin shot a horrific 5-19 from the field in the game, and made just one long ball. Aaron Thompson scored 10 points, but fouled out and no rebounds. Baldwin and Thompson combined for 10 turnovers.
Sean McDermott was active for the first time since injuring his ankle in the PK80, but played just eight minutes and was 0-1 from the field.
This was Butler’s first game against a ranked opponent, and showed that they have a long way to go if they want to compete against some of the nation’s (and the Big East’s) best teams.
Player of the game:
Isaac Haas was dominant in the post offensively, scoring 15 points, but made a much larger impact in the game. Butler’s defenders were preoccupied with the 7’2” senior all game, leaving the lane open for Edwards and the rest of the Boilermakers to score from the interior. On the defensive end, he altered Butler’s shots and made the paint into his domain, keeping the Bulldogs from even attempting to score from the inside.
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