Butler Celebrates Senior Night With Win Over Creighton
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Butler sent its two seniors out in style with an emphatic 93-70 win over Creighton Tuesday night at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Butler's win came in the final home game for Kelan Martin and Tyler Wideman.
The Bulldogs went 14-of-26 from three-point range and committed only nine turnovers in the contest.
Butler improves to 19-10 on the season and 9-7 in BIG EAST play. Creighton is now 19-9 (8-7). The Bulldogs become the third team with nine BIG EAST wins this season.
"Our No. 1 task tonight was to compete at a high level, and we did that," said Butler coach LaVall Jordan. "We stayed focused on the task at hand. Defensively, to hold Creighton to 70 points, that requires a great effort. We had really good energy and our communication was the best it's been all season. Our guys really took the game plan and executed it."
Martin had 26 points on 10-of-15 shooting. He made five of his seven three-point attempts and had a game-high seven rebounds. Martin, who leads the conference in scoring in BIG EAST play, posted 20+ points for the 18th time this season and the 11th time in 16 conference games. Eighteen of his points came in the second half as Butler ran away with the game.
Wideman added eight points, four rebounds and three assists.
An early 15-3 run gave Butler a 19-10 lead with 11:37 to play in the first half. Butler made seven straight three-point attempts during the middle of the first half that contributed to a 42-22 lead with 4:26 to play. Creighton made a late surge to cut the lead to 46-34 at the half.
Butler scored the first five points of the second half and the lead was 20 once again with 13:45 to play. Creighton would get no closer than 14 points after that point.
Led by 17 points from Paul Jorgensen and 15 from Nate Fowler, the Bulldogs had 43 bench points on the night. Henry Baddley added nine points.
Butler shot 54 percent from the field.
The Bulldogs' defense limited Creighton to 70 points, 15.4 points below the Bluejays' season average. Creighton's Marcus Foster entered the game averaging 20.0 points per game. Butler forced him into 5-of-15 shooting and only 13 points.
Mitch Ballock led Creighton with 15 points off the bench. The Bluejays shot 47 percent.
Butler has a week off before embarking on the final two games of the regular season. The Bulldogs travel to St. John's Wednesday, Feb. 28, and follow that with a game at Seton Hall three days later in the regular season finale.