INDIANAPOLIS (IN) - Butler (3-0) extended their home-winning streak to three games, to open the season, by defeating Loyola (MD) (2-2) 80-39 at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
With the amount of turnover that was seen on the Butler roster during the off-season, the Bulldogs were going to have to count on a few newcomers to make an impact this season. On Saturday night, the Bulldogs got that performance from freshman Kelan Martin.
Martin, a true freshman from Louisville, KY, scored a career-high 23 points on 9/13 shooting from the field in just 18 minutes of action. he finished 3/5 from 3-point range and also grabbed 7 rebounds.
It was the best performance by a freshman in 5 years at Butler, since Gordon Hayward scored 27 points against Davidson in 2009.
Butler came out slow against Loyola. The Bulldogs trailed 8-6 before buckling down defensively. As the half wore on, the Bulldogs pulled away, led by Martin with 13 first half points.
Butler went into the break leading 42-18 and it was over from there.
Loyola trailed by as many as 43 points in the 2nd half and interim head coach Chris Holtmann and the Bulldogs moved to 3-0.
The Bulldogs were back to their efficient ways against the Greyhounds. Two games after recording a school record for FG percentage, the Bulldogs shot 30/56 (53.6%) from the field including 9/16 (56.3%) from 3-point range.
Loyola (MD) struggled against the Bulldogs shooting just 15/51 (29.4%) from the field, including 4/16 (25%) from 3-point range.
Eric Laster scored a game-high 24 points for the Greyhounds.
It was over when...The Bulldogs left the court for the 1st half leading 42-18.
NOTES: Kameron Woods and Andrew Chrabascz each scored 8 points...Austin Etherington had another productive game from the bench scoring 9 points on 3/4 shooting (2/3 3PT)...Butler heads to the Bahamas to take on #5 North Carolina on Wednesday in the Battle 4 Atlantis...Butler held Loyola (MD)'s bench scoreless in the game.