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Marquette vs. Butler, Big East Marathon recap: ‘Dawgs top Golden Eagles in the second half

What did I just watch?

NCAA Basketball: Butler at Marquette Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Butler scored 63 points in the second half.

That’s it. That’s the whole recap. Goodbye.

Look at the statistical proof!

I’m kidding. Of course I’m going to write more.

The first half was dominated by Marquette and their outside shooting. The Golden Eagles were 7-15 from behind the arc while Butler was 1-8 from the same distance. Marquette was also out-rebounding Butler by a couple and was shooting 50 percent from the field.

So they were leading by 16 at the half. But Butler was 3-1 this season when trailing at the half, their lone loss in this category coming at the hands of the Bluejays.

And now we are back to the beginning of this recap where I said that Butler scored 63 (!!) points in the second half. They scored 58 in the second half against Xavier, and we thought that was a lot!

Marquette only shot 3-11 from behind the arc and got into some foul trouble which contributed to their overall second half downfall.

Three things we learned

1. Kelan Martin is BACK

After being in a minor slump to begin Big East play, if you can call 12.0 PPG a slump, Kelan Martin has returned from the depths and put up 22 points today. He also chipped in seven rebounds in his 32 minutes after playing only 20 minutes against Xavier this past Saturday.

2. Butler and Marquette each have a VERY good freshman

Kamar Baldwin is still very good people, don’t forget this. After putting up a career-high 21 points against Xavier, Baldwin continues to perform and adds 18 points, three rebounds and two assists. 13 of those points came in the second half of play.

Markus Howard is also very good. After being named Big East Freshman of the Week shortly before today’s contest, Howard put up 26 (!!) points on 10-18 shooting from the field for a career-high.

3. MLK Marathon was a WONDERFUL idea

Five games that encompass an entire TV channel for several hours of one day? Amazing.