INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Who saw this coming?
Butler (1-0) scored a school record 144 points in the season opener to rout The Citadel 144-71 on Saturday night at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
The Bulldogs shattered the school record for points in regulation (115) which had previously been set in 1965 against DePauw as well as points in any game (129).
Senior guard Kellen Dunham, the leading returning scoring in the Big East, led the Bulldogs with 24 points on 9-of-17 shooting.
However, Dunham wasn't the only Bulldog in double figures. Roosevelt Jones (18 points, 11 rebounds) and Kelan Martin (13 points, 10 rebounds) each collected double-doubles, while Jackson Davis (19), Tyler Wideman (18), Tyler Lewis (17), and Andrew Chrabascz (12) each added to the record night.
Butler finished the game 56-of-88 (63.6%) from the field.
The Bulldogs were off and running early on against The Citadel, who tried to use pressure and traps to force turovers. It backfired. Butler turned the ball over just 11 times and held a 92-18 advantage in the paint.
Butler scored a then school record 71 points in the first half before breaking that mark in the next 20 minutes by scoring 73 in the second half.
Despite having open lanes to the basket for most of the night, Butler didn't relax defensively. The Bulldogs shut down The Citadel, holding the Bulldogs to just 20-of-74 (27%) from the field. They forced 20 turnovers, had 15 steals, and outrebounded The Citadel 63-28.
Butler heads to the Puerto Rico Tip-Off to take on Missouri State (0-1) on Thursday afternoon.
NOTES: Chris Holtmann led the Bulldogs for his 1st season opener without an interim tag...All 12 Butler players that played scored for the Bulldogs...Butler set a record for margin of victory. Their previous record was 68...The 144 points were the most by a D1 team versus a D1 team since 1997 (TCU scored 157 against UT-Pan Am).null