Last night, the Butler Bulldogs took on their second power five conference opponent in the Utah Utes’. Utah came into this match-up 6-1 but had not yet played a road game, this year. Butler, looking to continue their three-game win streak after a blowout win against the Saint Louis Billikens, on Saturday night. These two teams met last year, at Utah. The Dawgs won that game 68-59 and looked to repeat that result at Hinkle, on Tuesday night.
This game had an impressive start with both teams going neck and neck, not giving each other anything. The first half finished 34-31 in favor of Butler though the Utes’ had the lead for most of the half. Butler’s offense was on fire, shooting 55% from the field and 77% from the line. This was arguably one of the best offensive performances thus far and it was great to see this against a power five conference opponent.
Junior Paul Jorgensen matched his career high with 16 points, going 5-8 from the field and an impressive 4-6 from behind the arc. He (Paul) also added 3 rebounds, 4 assists and a block.
Senior Kelan Martin continues to impress and dominate as he bagged yet another double double with 29 points and 11 rebounds. He (Kelan) shot a tremendous 63% from the field, only making 3 of 8 three point attempts.
Tyler Wideman also had a very productive night going 6-7 with 18 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals and a block. Another notable performer was Kamar Baldwin. The sophomore guard had only 11 points but chipped in 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals.
Overall, this was a very good offensive night for Butler who continues to improve on the offensive end. They also played great defense, limiting the Utes’ to 42% from the floor.
Utah had a good first half, they controlled the game for a while but fell off. They were led by freshman forward Donnie Tillman who had 20 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks. Other than that, Utah looked limited on offense, though they had a “bigger” team. They looked challenged in the paint, settling for forced 3’s. They (Utah) were outscored 47 to 38 in the second half and this cost them the game. The now 6-2 Utes’ look to rebound against one of their rivals, they face Utah State on December 9th, before facing their arch rival BYU to cap off 2017.
The Bulldogs will also be in action on the 9th, as they take on the 2-7 Youngstown State Penguins at Hinkle. The Dawgs even improved on three point shooting, climbing from 36% against Saint Louis to 40% against Utah. Butler played a fantastic overall game and such should continue on Saturday against the struggling Penguins. First Tip off is at 12pm on Saturday.