The Butler basketball team continued its winning ways in basketball, jumping into double digit numbers by collecting its tenth win on the season.
From the tip off of the game Saturday, Dec. 28, against the New Jersey Institute of Technology Highlanders, the Butler Bulldogs commanded the lead.
“I liked the way our team played, especially at the beginning,” said Butler head coach Brandon Miller.
The Bulldogs completely erased any competition in the first half. The Bulldogs held the Highlanders to a mere 16 points in the half, while stomping down the court for 29 points. “I thought our focus was there, we were efficient on both sides of the basketball,” added coach Miller.
Senior Khyle Marshall and freshman Rene Castro combined scored the same number of points as NJIT. Junior Kameron Woods collected six defensive and eight offensive rebounds and hit a three-pointer to give the Bulldogs a sizable advantage heading into the second half.
Ky Howard and Jake Duncan lead the Highlanders in the second half, attempting to brew any type of comeback. The two combined for 14 points, which ultimately fell way too short because the Bulldogs did not hesitate to increase their lead.
The Bulldogs jumped on the Highlanders again in the second half, but was unable to halt their scoring. However, this was not a problem because the team had a 19-point lead going into the half. Marshall added 13 more points on the evening for a total of 21 points. The effort he displayed last night pushed him into fifth for highest points per game (17) in the BIG EAST Conference.
Alongside Marshall was Woods, who assisted the Bulldogs in their 45-27 rebound advantage. Woods continues to lead the conference in rebounds (9.8/game).
The pre-conference tune-up ends for the Bulldogs who now wait to face off against nationally-ranked Villanova on New Year’s Eve at 7:30 p.m. EST at Hinkle Fieldhouse.