The Butler Bulldogs just handed the Villanova Wildcats a loss for the second time this season 74-66 at The Pavillon. The Wildcats were previously 48-0 at their home venue leading into this game.
Can I just say that a 9 p.m. tip is a terrible idea? I’m writing this at Midnight and I have class tomorrow and I’m tired, but the ‘Dawgs brought out the broom so HERE I AM.
The first half of the game was sluggish at best for both sides. Both teams shot a combined three free throws in the first half. There were a lot of turnovers. It was a struggle.
But, Jalen Brunson was doing very Brunson-like things as per usual with 14 points, giving ‘Nova a 29-28 lead heading into halftime. Kamar Baldwin led the Bulldogs at the half with 11 points (and Kelan Martin had a quiet seven points. But don’t worry, we’ll get back to him).
The second half began with a similar sluggish pace as the first half. Until the Wildcats went on an 8-0 run to give them the eight point lead. The Bulldogs were able to cut the lead to four before a Josh Hart 3-pointer brought it back up to seven.
Then we had some very angry Bulldogs. They went on an 18-0 run after that to take the 11-point lead. Nine of those 18 points were scored by Martin (See, I told you we would get back to him).
Villanova would bring it back to as close as four points but could not hang in there for the win. Brunson ended the game with 24 points and four rebounds. Hart also chipped in 18 points and six rebounds.
Martin ended the game with 22 (!!) points and eight rebounds, the most points he’s scored since January 28 against Georgetown. Baldwin fouled out, but left with 15 points. Andrew Chrabascz had a quiet night with only four points scored, but added seven rebounds and eight assists for the team performance.
Time for bed guys, or if you are Bulldog fans, it’s time to hit the bars.
Stat-y stat stats.