INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The Butler Bulldogs, coming off a BIG EAST Conference win against Marquette, traveled to face the Providence Friars on Monday, January 15. Providence capitalized on a big second half to defeat Butler, 70-60. The loss moves Butler to 13-7 (3-4 BIG EAST) while Providence improves to 13-6 (4-2 BIG EAST.)
“That was a tough one,” said Butler Head Coach LaVall Jordan. “I thought we defended well for a majority of the game. Providence was the tougher team tonight and deserved to win that one. There were loose balls on the floor that they got to. There were opportunities to protect the rim that we didn’t take. I did like our fight in the second half, but it wasn’t enough to pull this one out.”
Butler senior F Kelan Martin scored four straight and redshirt junior G Paul Jorgensen connected on a three to give the Bulldogs an 11-6 lead with 15:44 remaining in the first half. A three by sophomore G Kamar Baldwin gave Butler a 16-11 lead with 11:27 remaining before the halftime break before four straight points from senior F Tyler Widman extendedthe lead to 20-11 with 9:20 remaining before the first half. A jumper from freshman G Aaron Thompson gave Butler a 22-11 lead with 8:23 remaining before the halftime before a second three from Kamar Baldwin kept the Butler lead to 25-17 with 4:56 remaining in the first half. A layup from redshirt sophomore F Sean McDermott extended the lead to 27-17 with 3:12 remaining in the first half before the Friars closed the first half on an 8-2 run, including two threes from Providence senior G Jalen Lindsay to bring the halftime score to 29-25 in favor of the Bulldogs
Butler finished at 37.5% (12-32) from the field, including 30% (3-10) from three. Providence finished at 33.3% (10-30) from the field, including 28.6% (2-7) from three.
Providence made its first eight shots of the second half and opened the final 20 minutes on an 18-4 run. That turned a 29-25 Butler lead at the half into a 43-33 Providence advantage. Two free throws from senior F Tyler Wideman cut the lead to 57-53 with 2:45 to play, but Providence sophomore G Alpha Diallo hit a three-pointer on the ensuing possession to return the lead to seven points at 60-53 with 2:36 remaining in the game. A layup from Baldwin cut the lead to 60-55 with 2:11 remaining before the Friars went on a 10-5 run to close the game at 70-60.
The Bulldogs finished at 34.9% (22-63) from the field, including 25% (6-24) from three. Providence finished at 50% (26-52) from the field, including 38.5% (5-13) from three.
Sophomore G Kamar Baldwin led the Bulldogs with 25 points. He was the only Bulldog to finish in double-digit scoring with a game-high 25 points on a 9-22 (40.9%) shooting performance, including 57.1% (4-7) from three.
Kyron Cartwright led four Friars in double figures with 18 points.
The Bulldogs return to action Saturday, traveling to DePaul for a 2 p.m. (Eastern, 1 p.m. Central/Chicago) tip at the Blue Demons’ new Wintrust Arena. The game will be broadcast nationally on FS1
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