INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The Butler Bulldogs, coming off a loss to Texas in the first round of the PK80 Phil Knight Invitational, faced the Portland State Vikings on Friday, November 24. Butler senior F Tyler Wideman tied a game-high 18 points and recorded a game high 8 rebounds to help lead the Bulldogs to a 71-69 win at the Moda Center in Portland, Ore. Both teams are now 4-2
“This was a great bounceback game for us,” said Butler Head Coach LaVallJordan. “We’re still just six games into a lot of guys in new roles, but we had the attitude and mindset that we wanted today. We were resilient and had some grit out there. We can shoot the ball better, and that will come, but this was a good team win.”
After taking a 38-34 halftime lead, Butler would grow the lead to nine at 47-38 with 15:57 remaining. However, the Bulldogs could never push the advantage to double figures as Portland State repeatedly had an answer. A MichaelMayhew three-pointer followed by a free throw from BrandonHollins cut Butler’s lead to a single point at 63-62 with 4:26 to play. The Bulldogs would score eight of the next 10 points to retake a seven-point lead before PSU scored the final five points of the game and had the three-point attempt in the closing seconds.
A three-pointer by Portland State G Deontae North with 42 seconds remaining pulled the Vikings within two. On the ensuing possession, Butler sophomore G KamarBaldwin was called for a charge to give PSU the ball back with 16 seconds to play. That’s when senior F KelanMartin was able to block a three-point attempt by DeontaeNorth with three seconds remaining as Butler was able to hang on for a 71-69 win
Portland State had a four-point halftime advantage on Duke on Thursday before falling for their first loss of the season.
Butler senior F TylerWideman had 18 points on 9-of-10 shooting, just two points shy of his career-high. He added a game-high eight rebounds, including six on the offensive end.
Wideman played a large role in Butler’s 44-20 advantage in points in the paint. That helped to balance out a 46.2% (12-26) three-point shooting performance from Portland State.
Senior F KelanMartin had 16 points and six rebounds for the Bulldogs, and redshirt junior G PaulJorgensen made four three-pointers off the bench and finishes with 14 points. He added five assists and five rebounds.
Butler shot 50.9% (29-57) in the contest, including 23.5% (4-17) from three-point range. Portland State finished at 43.6% (24-55) from the field, including 46.2% (12-26) from three.
North led Portland State with 18 points, which tied a game-high with Wideman. Mayhew added 17.
Butler redshirt sophomore G/F SeanMcDermott was limited to 18 minutes after leaving the game early in the second half with an ankle injury after landing awkwardly going for a rebound. He is questionable for the Bulldogs’ next game.
Butler sophomore G KamarBaldwin had seven rebounds and three steals for the Bulldogs
Butler concludes PK80 play Sunday at Noon (Pacific, 3 PM ET) in the fifth-place game. The Bulldogs will play OhioState, led by former Butler Head Coach ChrisHoltmann. The game will air on ESPN2.
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