Looking at the final scoreline, you would never know that Butler began Monday night's game against IUPUI with a slow start. They did, but even then it never felt as if IUPUI had a chance in this game as the Bulldogs put on a dazzling display over a stretch of 40 minutes on the floor of Hinkle Fieldhouse.
While it was the final nonconference game on their schedule, Monday was also the final tune up game for the Bulldogs before they head into Big East play. The play for the Bulldogs was anchored by Kelan Martin, who came off the bench early on to give them a jolt on offense. What was a jolt soon became the main source, as Martin finished tonight with a game-leading 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting.
Martin wasn't the only Butler player to finish with double digit points, as Roosevelt Jones and Andrew Chrabascz both had great games as well. Jones finished the night with 17 points on 5-of-10 shooting and 7-of-8 from the foul line. Chrabascz finished with 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting and with six rebounds as well, tied for the team lead with Tyler Wideman.
On another note, Kellen Dunham had an off night for Butler. Despite finishing with 8 points and going 4-of-4 from the foul line, he only shot 2-of-11 from the floor, 0-of-5 from three point range.
As a team, the Bulldogs shot 50% from all areas of the floor, 37% from three point range, and 77% from the foul line. They were also good at keeping the ball moving as they racked up 18 assists as a team, seven of which came from the sharing hands of Tyler Lewis. Those seven assists by Lewis were one less than IUPUI had as a team.
In terms of points produced, Butler scored 20 points off the turnover thanks to 10 steals and 15 total turnovers committed by IUPUI, 44 points off the bench, and pounded the paint for 42 points. The Bulldogs were firing on all cylinders.
The leading scorers tonight for IUPUI were Darell Combs with 11 points and T.J. Henderson with 10 points. As a team the Jaguars shot 35% from all areas of the floor, 29% from three point range, and 47% from the foul line. Nick Osborne also finished with the game leading mark in rebounds with 7 tonight for the Jaguars.
It was a rough night, to say the least, for the Jaguars of IUPUI as Butler proved to be too much to handle. For the Bulldogs though, Monday's bullish play was an excellent way to cap off nonconference play before heading into Big East play. They will be bringing their eight game win streak into conference play, as well as their seven game home win streak. Next on the docket for Butler will be a Big East home opener against Providence.