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Butler Bulldogs Drop Road Game against Marquette

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The Butler Bulldogs took to the road to face the Marquette Golden Eagles for the first time this season in a BIG EAST Conference matchup at noon on Saturday at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. A career-high 27 points from sophomore G Kelan Martin wasn’t enough as Butler fell in a tight contest in Milwaukee, 75-69. With the win, Marquette improves to 15-7 overall and 4-5 in BIG EAST play. Butler now stands at 14-7 (3-6).

The Bulldogs finished at 41.8% (28-67) from the field, 31.3% (5-16) from deep, while Marquette shot 52.2% (24-46) from the field, including 58.8% (10-17) from behind the arc. Henry Ellenson had 32 points and 10 rebounds for the Golden Eagles. He made 87.5% (14-16) free throw attempts. Traci Carter added 15 for Marquette on 5-of-7 shooting from behind the arc.

Martin went 55% (11-20) from the field in his career high point day. Redshirt G/F Roosevelt Jones had 15 points, all the in first half, to go along with six assists and five steals. Jones’ halfcourt heave to end the first half went in tied the game at 37 at the intermission.

“We had some good moments and some good stretches of play today,” said Butler coach Chris Holtmann. “Obviously, we weren’t good enough to win this game on the road. The deal is what are we doing today to improve; the rest will take care of itself.”

Photo: Butler Athletics/Roosevelt Jones
Photo: Butler Athletics/Roosevelt Jones

Neither team led by more than six throughout the game as the early portion of the second half was back and forth before a Carter three-pointer gave the home team a 56-53 lead with 9:17 to play. It broke the 11th tie of the game. Butler would have a three-point attempt to tie the game with 16 seconds to play, but it didn’t fall as Kellen Dunham missed the attempt and Marquette added three free throws in the closing seconds for the 75-69 win. Senior G Kellen Dunham had 15 for Butler.

The Bulldogs scored 16 points on 15 Marquette turnovers while giving up 14 points on only 8 turnovers. Butler only managed to attempt 12 free throw attempts, connecting on 66.7% (8-12), compared to 17 for the home team on 21 attempts (81%).

The Bulldogs return to Hinkle Fieldhouse to host Georgetown on Tuesday (Feb. 2). The 7 p.m. match-up will be the first of two meetings between the teams this season. The tip is scheduled for 7 p.m. and will be broadcast nationally on FS1.

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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