Game Recap

Butler’s Second Half Surge Fuels Big Senior Night Win Against St. John’s

The Butler Bulldogs blew out St. John’s 77-55 on Wednesday night as they sent their seniors out right on Senior Night–with a big victory.

It wasn’t always that way though.

Butler was in a gridlock with St. John’s at the end of the first half, trailing the Red Storm 32-31.

In particular, St. John’s guard Julian Champagnie was a thorn in the Bulldogs’ side at halftime with 16 points–including four for four from the 3 point arc.

However, the Bulldogs battled back and most importantly, got hot shooting (56%)–scoring a scorching 46 points in the second half–including an 18-2 scoring run.

Their defense got better too, as Champagnie would hit no more three point shots in the second half, and St. John’s went from shooting 41.9% from the field and 57.1% from 3 PT range at halftime to 36.7% and 37.5% at the game’s end respectively.

Butler redshirt senior wing Sean McDermott led the way for the Bulldogs with a double-double–having 16 points (6-11 FG, 3-7 3 PT) and 14 rebounds–along with 2 assists and 2 blocks.

Meanwhile, his senior partner in crime, All-Big East guard Kamar Baldwin added 12 points (5-12 FG, 1-2 3 PT), 5 rebounds, and an assist.

Also having big nights for the Bulldogs were starting point guard Aaron Thompson (13 points and 5 assists), starting power forward Bryce Nze (11 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, a steal, and a block), and super sixth man Jordan Tucker (14 points, 2 assists, and 2 steals).

The best part of the night was that every senior meaningfully contributed to the Bulldogs’ victory.

Grad transfer big man Derrik Smits (4 points) had two nice low post hooks, while senior backup wing Henry Baddley had an impressive steal and “and one” attempt on a contested layup.

The Bulldogs (21-9, 9-8 Big East) won two straight games for the first time since January 28th and will travel to Xavier (19-11, 8-9 Big East) on Saturday night (8:30 PM EST, FS1) for the Musketeers’ senior night–which figures to be a highly contested game.

Currently, Butler is #26 in the KenPom rankings.

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