INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The Butler Bulldogs, coming off a dominating home win against St. John’s, took to the road to face the Marquette Golden Eagles at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Senior F Tyler Wideman scored a team-high and career-high 23 points to lead the Bulldogs in a 92-72 win. With the win, Butler improve to 16-7 (6-4 BIG EAST) while Marquette falls to 13-9 (4-6 BIG EAST).
A jumper from freshman PG Aaron Thompson and a dunk from senior F Tyler Widman gave Butler a 4-0 lead at the 19:12 first half mark. An offensive rebound and And-1 tip-in by Wideman tied the game at 7-7 with 17:09 remaining in the first half. A three by Marquette sophomore G Markus Howard tied the game at 18-18 with 10:14 remaining in the first half before Butler went on a 19-4 run to take a 37-22 lead with 4:15 remaining before halftime. The run started with another Tyler Wideman And-1 and was followed up with a three from senior F Kelan Martin. A second three from redshirt sophomore F Sean McDermott extended the lead to 32-22 before a second three by Kelan Martin on a fast break capped the run. Butler scored the last four points of the half on a Martin dunk and a jumper in the paint from sophomore G Kamar Baldwin to take a 43-28 lead at halftime.
The Bulldogs finished the first half shooting 58.1% (18-31) from the field, including 50% (4-8) from three. Marquette finished the first half shooting 34.8% (8-23) from the field, including 20% (2-10) from three. Tyler Wideman and Markus Howard were tied for a game-high 14 points at the half.
Marquette opened the second half with a jumper from sophomore C Henry Froling. But Aaron Thompson responded with the next five Butler points, including a make from three to extend the lead to 48-32 with 18:12 remaining in the game. Another And-1 three-point play by Tyler Widman kept the lead at 18 points at 51-33 with 17:31 remaining. The Wideman And-1 sparked a 21-6 Butler that lasted 6:43 and gave the Bulldogs a commanding 69-39 lead with 10:48 remaining. During that run, Butler received back-to-back threes from redshirt junior G Paul Jorgensen and a third three from Kelan Martin. The run came to an end on a third three by Markus Howard. The Golden Eagles were able to cut the lead down to 18 on a fast break layup by Markus Howard at 83-65 with 3:05 remaining in the game, but redshirt freshman F/C Joey Brunk responded with a dunk. The Bulldogs would rebuild a 24-point lead on a fastbreak layup from Aaron Thompson at 89-65 with 2:12 remaining. Butler would capitalize on free throws in the final minutes to finish the game with a win.
The Bulldogs finished the game shooting 60% (33-55) from the field, including 57.1% (8-14) from three. Marquette finished the game at 46.2% (24-52) from the field, including 27.8% (5-18) from three.
Butler out-rebounded Marquette, 32-22.
The Bulldogs sweep the season series after also beating Marquette at Hinkle Jan. 12. Butler has now won three straight games.
Five Bulldogs reached double figures as senior F Kelan Martin (16), sophomore G Kamar Baldwin (15), redshirt sophomore F Sean McDermott (13) and freshman PG Aaron Thompson (11) joined Wideman with more than 10.
Senior F Tyler Wideman led Butler with nine rebounds. Wideman shot 8-9 (88.8%) from the field and 7-7 on his free throw attempts. He entered the game leading the BIG EAST Conference in field goal percentage.
Baldwin had five of the team’s 17 assists to go along with five rebounds. Martin had seven rebounds.
Marquette’s Andrew Rowsey, who entered the contest averaging 20.2 points per game in BIG EAST play, was held scoreless by the Bulldogs, going 0-for-6 from the field. The Golden Eagles made five three-pointers, less than half their average. Markus Howard had a game-high26 points to lead Marquette
The Bulldogs return to Hinkle Fieldhouse to host DePaul on Saturday at noon. Five of the Bulldogs’ next six games are in Indianapolis.
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