Behind All-Big East guard Kamar Baldwin, who scored a season-high 31 points (11-16 FG, 4-5 3PT) to go along with 6 rebounds and 3 assists, the Bulldogs led comfortably for most of the game–as much as 16 points–although Ole Miss made a few runs late in the second half.
When the Bulldogs needed a bucket, they went to Baldwin–who nearly always delivered in the clutch.
Quite frankly, he’s been brilliant for the Bulldogs to start the season and should be a contender for Big East Player of the Year–once conference play begins.
Other key contributors for Butler were redshirt senior wing Sean McDermott (9 points and 4 rebounds), big man Bryce Nze (8 points and 7 rebounds), and junior wing Jordan Tucker (8 points and 5 rebounds).
However, it was also the defense of Butler that stood out, as they limited Ole Miss to just 22 first half points and 7 of 22 overall from the 3 point arc (31.8%).
Senior guard Breein Tyree led the Rebels with 22 points (8-16 FG, 4-8 3PT), but it wasn’t quite enough.
It was a good road win against a Power 5 conference school for the Bulldogs, and per the Indy Star’s David Woods, it was Butler’s first non-league road win since November 28, 2016.
Still, the Bulldogs will need to be a bit sharper down the stretch, as a handful of missed free throws and easy allowed buckets could eventually cost them a victory against better competition.
There were times where Ole Miss simply failed to capitalize late, as they had the opportunity to make this one much more interesting.
The undefeated, #24 ranked Bulldogs (8-0) will attempt to maintain their momentum against the Florida Gators (6-2) on Saturday afternoon at Hinkle Fieldhouse–as they look to keep the nation’s longest active non-conference home winning streak alive at 55 games and counting.