INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — On a night in which Butler honored two senior starters, it was the Bulldog bench that led the way with 43 points in a 93-70 victory over Creighton men’s basketball on Tuesday night.
Butler improved to 19-10 on the season (9-7 BIG EAST) to overtake Creighton (19-9, 8-7 BIG EAST) for third place in the league standings.
Marcus Foster gave Creighton its initial lead of the night at 7-4, but Butler answered with a 12-3 spurt of its own to prompt a Bluejay timeout with the Bulldogs up 16-10 and 12:05 left in the first half.
The Bulldogs would stretch the lead to 42-22 with torrid shooting, while connecting on 12-of-15 shots at one point, as Bulldog reserves Paul Jorgensen, Nate Fowler and Henry Baddley scored 18 points in one seven-minute stretch.
Creighton countered with eight points in a row to draw within 42-30 and would trail 46-34 at the intermission. Ballock led CU in the first half with 11 points, while Khyri Thomas added seven. Butler scored 25 points off the bench in the first half, with reserves Jorgensen (10) and Baddley (9) leading the way.
Butler made 18-of-34 first half shots, including 8-of-12 three-pointers, and won the glass battle 18-15. Creighton shot 13-of-28 in the opening 20 minutes and were 6-of-15 from downtown.
Creighton would draw no closer than 13 in the second half, as it was unable to put together a sustained run or get leading scorer Foster untracked.
Ballock paced three Bluejays in double-figures with 15 points, just ahead of Thomas (14) and Foster (13).
Kelan Martin led all players with 26 points on the evening, the most he’s scored in eight career meetings against the Bluejays. Jorgensen had 14 and Fowler contributed 15 points in 14 minutes off the bench. Butler scored 43 points off the bench on the evening and as a team sank 14 shots from three-point territory overall.
Butler won the board battle 34-28 and scored 22 points off 14 Bluejay turnovers in addition to 17 points off of 10 offensive boards.
Creighton returns home to host No. 3 Villanova on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.