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No. 18/24 Butler Bulldogs Drop Road Game to Creighton

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The #18/24 Butler Bulldogs, looking for their third BIG EAST Conference win of the season, were unable to defeat the Creighton Bluejays on Saturday at the CenturyLink Center. Creighton went to the free throw line 29 times in the second half to outlast Butler, 72-64. Sophomore G Kelan Martin led Butler with his third consecutive double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Creighton improves to 14-6 overall and 5-2 in BIG EAST play. Butler falls to 13-6 (2-5).

Butler shot only 32.8 % (21-64) in the contest and 43.8% (7-16) from three. Senior G Kellen Dunham made the only three-pointer after the intermission as Creighton rallied from a five-point halftime deficit to win. The Bulldogs shot 54% (6-11) from three in the first half.  In addition to Martin’s double-double, Kellen Dunham had 20 points, including a 3-3 performance from thee. Redshirt senior G/F Roosevelt Jones had 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Creighton was led by Maurice Watson, Jr. with 20 points and six assists. The Bluejays finished 41.8% (23-55) from the field and 25% (6-24) from three.

The Bluejays scored the first 11 points of the second half but Butler fought back to pull within three at 53-50. Creighton scored nine of the next 12 points to keep a lead they would not relinquish in the final minutes.

Photo: Butler Athletics/Kelan Martin (John Fetcho)
Photo: Butler Athletics/Kelan Martin (John Fetcho)

Down by as many as seven in the first half, Martin sparked the Bulldogs in the first half with 17 points. Martin scored the first six points for the Bulldogs, who did reach the scoring column until a Kelan Martin three-pointer at the 15:07 mark. It was his highest-scoring half of the season as Butler took a 34-29 halftime advantage. Neither team shot better than 40% in the first 20 minutes, but the Bulldogs were aided by six three-pointers and 16 second-chance points.

Butler committed 11 turnovers and gave up nine points off the mistakes. Creighton gave up only six points on nine points. Butler out-rebounded Creighton, 44-39, including a 16-10 advantage in offensive boards. Butler finished 75% (15-20) from the free throw line as Creighton finished 60.6% (20-33) from the charity stripe.

The Bulldogs return to action Wednesday (Jan. 27), hosting DePaul at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Tickets are still available for the 7 p.m. game, which will also air nationally on CBS Sports Network.

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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