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Butler Bulldogs Drop Game Against Texas In PK80 Phil Knight Invitational

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The Butler Bulldogs, coming off a home win against Furman, traveled to Portland, OR, to face the Texas Longhorns in the PK80 Phil Knight Invitational on Thursday, November 23 at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Butler couldn’t overcome a cold shooting Thanksgiving afternoon, falling 61-48 to Texas. The Bulldogs fall to 3-2 while Texas improves to 4-0.

“Obviously, we wanted to play better,” said Butler Head Coach LaVall Jordan. “Defensively, we did a lot of good things, probably enough to win. But we just didn’t finish possessions like we needed to offensively. We got good looks from guys that we wanted taking them, but they didn’t fall tonight.”

Butler opened the game by hitting only three of their first 22 attempts. Redshirt sophomore G/F Sean McDermott scored the first nine Butler points on three straight makes from three before sophomore G Kamar Baldwin scored the next six to bring the Texas lead down to 16-15 at the 3:34 first half mark. Butler finished the first half at 24.1% (7-29) from the field, including 27.4% (3-11) from three while Texas finished the first half shooting 29.6% (8-27) from the field, including 40% (4-10) from three. The below 30 percent first half shooting for both teams led to a Texas 22-19 lead into the locker rooms.

Photo: Butler Athletics/Butler Senior Forward Kelan Martin

Both teams shot better in the second half and the Bulldogs were able to chip away at a 10-point deficit five minutes into the second half. Texas’s lead would be trimmed to three at 45-42 with six minutes to play following a three-pointer from senior F Kelan Martin. Ten of Martin’s 12 points came in the second half.

That would be as close as Butler would get as the Longhorns’ Dylan Osetkowski scored six points over the next several minutes as Texas pushed the lead back to seven and ultimately the final 13-point margin.

Butler shot 32.8% (19-58) for the game, including only 27.3% (6-22) from three-point range. Texas finished at 40% (22-55), including 33.3% (7-21) from three.

Sophomore G Kamar Baldwin led the Bulldogs with 15 points, six rebounds and three steals.

Andrew Jones led Texas with 16 points. Osetkowski added 12. Texas had a 41-31 rebounding edge.

Butler has a quick turnaround and will play Portland State on Friday at noon Pacific (3 PM Eastern). The game will air on ESPNU. The Vikings lost to Duke on Thursday. Friday’s game will be played at the Moda Center.

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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