Written by: Marko Tomich
Dominating, the single word to describe Butler and freshman Kelan Martin’s game against the Loyola Maryland in an 80-39 rout. The Bulldogs are 3-0 on the season and look right on schedule even with interim head coach Chris Holtmann stepping in for Brandon Miller.
Martin is a pure-bred scorer from Louisville, Ky., that can hurt you from a variety of ways, which Loyola found out quickly. Martin entered the game with Butler trailing by two and the Bulldogs never looked back.
Martin recorded an assist, steal and three pointer in his first two possessions early in the first half.
Martin was three of three from behind the arc, snagged five rebounds, and tossed two assists on his way to 13 points all in the first half.
Butler’s defense turned up the pressure forcing nine first half turnovers and held Loyola to just 29 percent from the field and a measly 22 percent behind the arc.
Butler went to the locker room with a 42-18 point lead, for those of you keeping track at home Martin trailed Loyola by only five at half.
Butler continued its prolific offensive performance that included 40 points in the paint and converted 37 points off of turnovers.
Loyola’s bright spot was Eric Laster who seemed to be the only player that could find himself in an offensive grove. Laster finished with 24 points hitting four of his six three point attempts.
The bench was the big difference in the match. Butler’s bench outscored their opponent 39-0. Loyola’s bench went a combined 0-18 from the field.
Roosevelt Jones continues his stat-stuffing year finishing the game with 10 points, six assist, and four steals. Butler sure did miss his toughness and all around play last year.
Butler will be traveling to the Bahamas for their next game, as they will be in the Battle 4 Atlantis Thanks giving tournament. Butler will square off with North Carolina in their first match.
The Dawgs walked away with a win last time these two met in a Thanks giving tournament, 2012 Maui Invitational, then freshman Kellen Dunham had 17 points.