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Butler vs. Indiana State: Halftime Notes

Led by Kelan Martin's huge contribution off the bench, Butler holds a 43-36 halftime lead

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- It really is crazy how improved Kelan Martin is on both ends this season, leading all players with 15 points on 7-of-9 shooting. He's been muscling his way into the lane (to be fair, nearly everyone on this Butler team has been dominating inside today), pulling up from the mid-range, knocking down threes and even getting back on defense for a huge transition block. Holtmann elected to go a little bit bigger, with Martin playing more minutes while Tyler Lewis sat out, and so far, it's working.

- Junior forward Andrew Chrabascz has been filling it up in a wide variety of ways, finishing the first half with 14 points. Like Martin, his best looks have been at the rim, but he's spreading the floor and even initiating out of the high post.

- They cooled off a bit towards the end of the half, but the Sycamores were red-hot from three for about a five minute stretch in the first half. Indiana State plays a very quick style of offense, and it was easy to tell that Chris Holtmann was frustrated with his guys for the number of clean looks the Sycamores were finding on the perimeter and inside.

- Seniors Kellen Dunham and Roosevelt Jones, usually the team's best offensive assets, have just a combined seven field goal attempts on the day. Dunham finished the half with eight points, while Jones added four of his own.

Statistical Leaders


Points: Kelan Martin, 15

Rebounds: Tyler Wideman, 4

Assists: Roosevelt Jones, 3

Indiana State

Points: Two tied, 8

Rebounds: Brandon Murphy, 5

Assists: Khristian Smith, 3