It was all Butler, all the time tonight at Hinkle Fieldhouse as the No. 15 Bulldogs crushed Kennesaw State offensively for a 93-51 victory. The win brings the Bulldogs to 8-1 on the year and a perfect 5-0 at home.
While all nine members of Butler's usual rotation had at least three points tonight, it was junior forward Roosevelt Jones that did most of the heavy lifting with 19 points, seven rebounds, seven assists, one block and one steal. Jones hit 7-of-10 of his attempts from the field, and most impressively, knocked down five of his six attempts at the free throw line, an area where he's struggled so far this season.
As a team, Butler hit 71 percent of their free throws, led by Jones and junior guard Kellen Dunham, who went 7-for-8 at the line and finished with 13 points and two assists. The Bulldogs dominated down low for the second straight game, outscoring the Owls 42-26 in points in the paint.
Senior forward Kameron Woods, who led the Big East in rebounding last year, had a season-low two rebounds but added eleven points and hit all four of his shots. Both Woods and sophomore forward Andrew Chrabascz had no trouble backing defenders down in the paint, and Chrabascz posted six points, four rebounds and three steals of his own.
The Bulldogs played the best offensively that they have all year, and while Kennesaw State wasn't expected to have much of a chance tonight, it's clear that Butler is getting more comfortable and aggressive as they go. Once again, freshman guard Kelan Martin shook of the dust of a sluggish performance against Northwestern for 17 points, including four three's.
The Owls were led by 5-foot-9 waterbug guard Yonel Brown, who had 14 points and two assists. The loss drops Kennesaw State to 3-7 on the year.
After playing two games in three days, Butler will get a few days rest before taking on Tennessee on the road this Sunday, December 14. The game is set to begin at 2 p.m. on ESPNU.