The Butler Bulldogs improved to 8-2 on the season and won their fifth straight game with a 95-67 blowout over Youngstown State at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
The opening half of basketball for Butler was completely dominated by the Bulldogs who led 48-23 at halftime. The first half of play started out pretty even with Butler leading 10-7 just under five minutes in. After that point, Butler went on a massive 27-7 scoring run up to the final 5 minutes of play. Butler would then go on another run, this time reaching 10-4 giving them a huge 25-point halftime lead over the Penguins. Kelan Martin, Kamar Baldwin, and Paul Jorgensen led the way for the Bulldogs each scoring 11, 9, and 8 points in the first half alone.
The final half of action had the same type of dominance on offense as the first, but this time Youngstown State finally woke up on offense and was still outscored by Butler 47-44.
Kamar Baldwin would be the leading scorer for Butler, finishing with 19 points on 8/12 shooting along with 3 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals. Kelan Martin and Paul Jorgensen each added 15 points apiece, while Nate Fowler had 12. Martin racked up 3 steals, while Baldwin had 2.
As a team, Butler shot 38-65 (58.5%) on field goals, 6-16 (37.5%) on three-pointers, and 13-17 (76.5%) on free throws. The Bulldogs were the clear-cut better side for shooting while also dominating everywhere else. Butler won the Battle for Boards with 36 total rebounds including 11 on offense and 25 on defense. Finally, Butler dished out 18 assists, stole the ball 10 times, and rejected 1 shot.
Butler will face Purdue in the Crossroads Classic on Saturday at 12:00 PM Eastern on Fox.