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Creighton vs. Butler final score 2016: Bulldogs defeat Bluejays, 88-75

The Bulldogs knocked off visitors Creighton on Tuesday behind strong outside shooting.

Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports

Butler defeated Creighton by a score of 88-75, giving them a much needed victory against a fellow bubble team.

This was an impressive performance by the Bulldogs, as they took the lead early in the game and never gave it back. While, the game was certainly closer than the final score shows, the Butler victory was never really in doubt.

Butler started out the game strong on the defensive side of the court, as they held the second highest scoring team to just 29 points in the opening period. Kelan Martin was able to find his shooting stroke early, as he scored 14 of his 21 points in the half. Behind Martin's play the Bulldogs were able to take a seven-point lead into the break.

Maurice Watson Jr. and James Milliken put up a fight in the second half, as they were able to bring Creighton within four of the home team. Watson finished with 22 points, while Milliken added 15 points of his own. Despite these strong performances from their guards, Creighton was simply not able to keep up with the hot shooting from Butler.

The Bulldogs finished the game shooting 13-of-27 from 3-point range, good for 48 percent overall. Five Butler players recorded double figures in points, including a career high 17 points from Austin Etherington off the bench. Butler was able to score efficiently with their impressive team play, as they recorded 20 assists on their 28 made field goals.