Butler remains undefeated at home this season, with a monster 75-45 win over Saint Louis at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Saturday. The Bulldogs have now won three straight games, and are 6-2 on the season.
“Energy was something we talked about leading into today’s game and our guys brought that today,” said Butler coach LaVall Jordan. “Kelan’s leadership has been really important for us, and once again, he was steady and poised. That’s becoming a lot of who he is.”
First Half Summary
The opening half of play will be arguably the largest beatdown you will see all season from Butler, who completely destroyed Saint Louis. Butler’s win was guaranteed from the start and was never in question throughout the entire first half. They opened the game on an 8-0 scoring run, which turned into a 24-6 run with over 7 minutes still left in play. The Bulldogs from there would go on an 18-7 scoring run to close out the half in a dominant fashion. Butler outscored Saint Louis 42-13 in the first half, backed by excellent play on offense and even better defense.
Second Half Summary
For the final half of action, the Bulldogs eased off Saint Louis by a tiny margin, still outscoring Saint Louis 33-32 in the second half. The half started out just like the first half ended, with a huge 10-0 scoring run giving Butler a whopping 52-13 lead with 16:24 left in the game. Saint Louis would continue to receive the trouncing until near the end where they finally were able to score some points but still lose by 30 points.
Top Individual Performances
Kelan Martin: 20 points (7/12 FG, 2/6 3PT, 4/4 FT), 12 rebounds, 31 minutes
Kamar Baldwin: 14 points (5/10 FG, 2/6 3PT, 2/2 FT), 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block, 30 minutes
Paul Jorgensen: 11 points (3/9 FG, 3/6 3PT, 2/4 FT), 2 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals, 27 minutes
Going Inside the Team Numbers
The Bulldogs shot an outstanding 26-53 (49.1%) on field goals, 8-22 (36.4%) on three-pointers, and 15-19 (78.9%) from the charity stripe. Saint Louis was only able to put up splits of 28.6 percent, 21.1 percent, and 72.2 percent not even being close to a match. Butler’s shooting numbers were tremendously improved over their last performance when they won in overtime against Ohio State.
Additionally, the rebounding battle was completely one-sided and dominated by Butler. They hauled in 41 total rebounds including 9 on offense and 32 on defense for a nice showing. Just like the shooting, Saint Louis was not able to provide anything close with 26 total rebounds. Those numbers for Butler are another major improvement from their last win, where they were slightly outrebounded.
Finally, Butler dished out 15 assists, stole the ball 5 times, rejected 6 shots, and only committed 13 turnovers. Everything on the scoreboard was one-sided favoring Butler greatly. Saturday no doubt was their best performance of the season, getting the job done perfectly with no flaws.
Butler will stay at Hinkle Fieldhouse when they host Utah on Tuesday at 9:00 PM Eastern on Fox Sports 1.