Bulldogs Blow Out Loyola (MD)

Butler (3-0) continued their winning streak to start the season.

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.

The Bulldogs also received 13 points from junior Kellen Dunham and 10 points from redshirt junior Roosevelt Jones.

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.

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