INDIANAPOLIS (IN) - Despite changes all around the Butler program for the second consecutive year, the Bulldogs dominated Maine on Saturday night at Hinkle Fieldhouse 99-57.
Six Bulldogs finished in double figures led by junior guard Kellen Dunham once again. He finished with 18 points (6/10 FG) including 5/7 shooting from 3-point range. The team's leading scorer from a year ago was hot from distance in the 2nd half connecting on all three of his 3-point attempts.
Butler were extremely efficient against Maine finishing 41/57 (71.9%) from the field including 8/16 (50%) from 3 point range and had 29 assists as a team.
The Bulldogs also capitalized on 18 turnovers from the Black Bears, scoring 32 points including 18 points in transition.
The return of forward Roosevelt Jones was a huge success. The do-it-all redshirt-junior made plays all over the floor. He finished with 14 points (7/9 FG), 9 assists, 4 rebounds, 2 steals, and 1 block.
Butler jumped out to an early lead against the Black Bears. The Bulldogs began the game on a 16-4 run led by two threes from senior point guard Alex Barlow.
Slowly the Bulldogs opened up more of a gap as the half progressed. The Bulldogs led 43-27 at the half.
In the 2nd half the Bulldogs pulled away. A quick 10-0 run to start the 2nd half put Butler up 53-27.
Another 18-2 run led by three baskets from freshman center Tyler Wideman put the Bulldogs up 75-38 with 9 minutes to play and the Butler coasted to victory.
Maine was led by forward Zarko Valjarevic and guard Aaron Calixte with 12 points each.
The Bulldogs defense was suffocating to the Black Bears who finished shooting just 38.9% from the field.
Sophomore Andrew Chrabascz finished with 13 points and senior Kameron Woods had 10 points and 6 rebounds, while freshman Kelan Martin and junior-transfer Austin Etherington added 10 and 11 points respectively off of the bench.
It was over when: Butler completed an 18-2 run midway through the 2nd half to break open a 27 points lead.
NOTES: Butler finished just 9/16 (56.2%) from the free throw line...Butler won the rebounding battle 31-21...Butler committed 12 turnovers...Butler led by as many as 44 points late in the 2nd half...All three freshman (Kelan Martin, Tyler Wideman, and Jackson Davis) each saw time and scored the first points in their careers...Walk-on Trey Pettus finished with 5 points including a three...Jackson Aldridge left the game at one point with a leg injury...Senior point guard Alex Barlow finished with 6 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists.