After a disappointing loss in the Crossroads Classic to Purdue on Saturday, Butler immediately rebounded in their next game earning a big 85-69 win over Morehead State on Tuesday night.
Butler was once again backed by senior forward Kelan Martin who led the Bulldogs in scoring with a 20-point, 10 rebound double-double. Paul Jorgensen added 16 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, and 1 steal while Tyler Wideman added 15 points and 6 rebounds. Kamar Baldwin chipped in 12 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, and 1 block in 34 minutes.
Butler was paced by a strong second half after only outscoring the Eagles 33-28 in the first half. The second was a different tale where the Bulldogs lead grew and stayed for good with a 52-41 advantage over Morehead State. Butler really flipped the script in the final half of action led by Paul Jorgensen and Kelan Martin who each scored in double figures in the final 20 minutes. Jorgensen most notably scored all his points in the dominant second half. Butler’s 52 second-half points were a season-best as the team connected on 20-of-32 from the field, including 7-of-13 from behind the arc.
“Our defense tonight is where we had segments where we were locked in and brought good energy,” said Butler coach LaVall Jordan. “That’s where we need to hang our hat this season. We’re still looking for a full 40 minutes, but we did some good things tonight. I’m excited because we have a locker room that wants to improve.” (Butler Athletics Department)
As a team, Butler was the tone-setter for every statistical area. As a team, the Bulldogs shot 31-62 (50.0%) on field goals, 8-23 (34.8%) on three-pointers, and 15-20 (75.0%) from the charity stripe. Butler won the Battle for Boards with 42 total including 13 on offense and 29 on defense, while also winning the defensive playmaking with 7 steals and 2 blocks.
Butler improves to 9-3 on the season and 7-0 at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
Butler will be the host when Western Illinois comes to town on Thursday at 7:00 PM Eastern.