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Butler Bulldogs Defeat Lincoln Memorial in Final Exhibition Game at Hinkle Fieldhouse

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The Butler Bulldogs, playing their final exhibiton game before the start of the 2017-2018 season, hosted the Lincoln Memorial Railsplitters at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Saturday, November 4. Butler senior F Kelan Martin finshed with teah-highs in points and rebounds with 19 and seven respectively in the 86-79 win for the Bulldogs.

“We told our guys that this is a really good team,” said Butler Head Coach LaVall Jordan. “They’re well-coached and they’ve won a lot of games the last few years. We need to play better defensively, but I really liked our response tonight. We had an answer every time they came at us. This was a game that we knew was going to test us and one that would push us. In situations like that, you can learn a lot about your team. And we did tonight.”

The Bulldogs did not win the tip, but were able to strike first after a missed three-pointer from Lincoln Memorial. Senior F Tyler Wideman battled down on the block and was able to use the rim as protection on a reverse layup underneath. A Lincoln Memorial three-pointer by senior G Josh Odem at the 17:54 mark gave the Railsplitters a 5-2 lead. A jumper from sophomore G Kamar Baldwin and a three from redshirt sophomore G/F Sean McDermott gave Butler the 7-5 lead with 16:52 remaining before the half. Odem knocked down a jumper to tie the game at 7-7 with 16:31 remaining before McDermott found senior F Kelan Martin for a layup out of the media timeout. A Baldwin jumper extended the lead to 11-9, but another Railsplitters three by redshirt senior G Treveon Shaw gave Lincoln Memorial a 12-11 lead with 14:59 remaining in the first half. Thankfully for the

Bulldogs, Sean McDermott was there to respond with a three in transition on an assist from Baldwin to give Butler a 14-12 lead. A Martin steal led to a transition alley-oop from Martin to sophomore G/F Henry Baddley, who finished at the rim with a layup. Minutes later, the Railsplitters cut the lead to two with a three by sophomore G Deshawn Patterson. But Kelan Martin was able to convert on an And-1 free throw after being fouled on a jumper on the following play to extend the Butler lead to 21-16 at the 10:43 mark.

Photo: Butler Athletics/Butler Senior Forward Kelan Martin

Junior C Nate Fowler followed up the 3-point play with a three-pointer from the wing to extend the lead to 24-16. Another Butler three, this time from redshirt junior G Paul Jorgensen, gave Butler its largest lead of the first half, 31-22, with 8:11 remaining before the break. The Railsplitters responded with five straight points from senior F/G Dorian Pinson to close the lead to 31-27. Layups from Baddley extended the lead to 37-29 with 3:10 remaining and 39-31 with 1:15 before the break. A Lincoln Memorial And-1 from senior F Emanuel Terry cut the lead to 39-34, but Kamar Baldwin scored on a layup with 0:04 in the first half to give the Bulldogs a 41-34 halftime lead.

The Bulldogs shot 56.3% (18-32) from the field in the first half, including 40% (4-10) from three. Lincoln Memorial finished the first half at 46.2% (12-26) from the field, including 30.8% (4-13) from three. Kamar Baldwin had a team high eight points at the break for Butler. Lincoln Memorial Emanuel Terry led all scorers with 11 points.

Kelan Martin connected on two free throws on the first possession to open the second half scoring and bring the lead to 43-34. A second three by Jorgensen extended the lead to 46-36 with 18:47 remaining in the game. A Baldwin free throw extended the lead to 11 before back-to-back Lincoln Memorial three-pointers cut the lead to 49-44 with 16:29 remaining in the game. A couple plays later, a third deep ball from Sean McDermott brought the lead back to 10 at 54-44. Butler freshman G Aaron Thompson found a cutting Kelan Martin for a baseline one-hand slam to extend the lead to 62-51 with 11:15 remaining. The next scoring play came from Tyler Wideman, who grabbed the offensive rebound on a missed Jorgensen three and slammed home a wide-open two-handed putback for the 64-51 lead. Another Wideman dunk gave Butler another double-digit lead at 68-58 with 8:14 remaining.

But Lincoln Memorial would not go away easily. The no-quit Railsplitters eventually cut the lead down to four at 74-70 with the help of four straight points from Pinson with 4:12 remaining in the game. Following a jumper by Baldwin, the lead was cut to just six on a three-pointer from Lincoln Memorial redshirt sophomore G Cornelius Taylor at 80-74 with 1:05 remaining in the game. But the Bulldogs remained tough and poised in the final seconds as Kamar Baldwin knocked in four key free throws. His last pair brought the lead to 86-77 with 0:12 remaining. Deshawn Patterson would score with 0:02 seconds remaining for the Railsplitters to bring the final score to 86-79.

Butler finished the game shooting 56.1% (32-57) from the field, including 40% (6-15) from three. Lincoln Memorial finished the game at 51.9% (27-52) from the field, including 40% (10-25) from distance.

The Bulldogs out-rebounded the Railsplitters, 29-26. Butler gave up 11 turnovers while Lincoln Memorial gave up 15. Both teams scored 15 points off of opponent turnovers.

Butler senior F Kelan Martin finished with a team high 19 points on a 33.3% (4-12) performance from the field. Martin went 0-4 from three, but had an 11-11 performance from the free throw line and hit key free throws in the final minutes of the game. Martin also finished with a team-high seven rebounds. Martin played a team-high 35 minutes for the Bulldogs.

Butler sophomore G Kamar Baldwin had 17 points on 6-11 shooting. Baldwin added four rebounds and a team-high four assists.

Butler junior C Nate Fowler had 11 points off the bench and senior F Tyler Wideman scored 10 on a 5-9 shooting performance to go along with six rebounds. Redshirt sophomore G/F Sean McDermott finished with nine points on a 3-4 performance from three. Redshirt junior G Paul Jorgensen finished with eight points on a 3-6 shooting performance, including 2-3 from deep.

Emanuel Terry had a game-high 24 points and a game-high nine rebounds for the Railsplitters. He made eight of his nine attempts and also logged a game-high five blocks.

Former Butler standout Shawn Vanzant, who played a key role on both of Butler’s Final Four teams, is an assistant coach on the Lincoln Memorial staff.

Butler opens the regular season Friday night when Kennesaw State visits Hinkle Fieldhouse at 7 PM ET.

Chris Fultz is a Senior Writer for the Indiana Sports Report and is recognized as an accredited member of the media by Butler Athletics and has full media access. Follow @CafultzISR and the @IndySportsRep on Twitter.

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