Kamar Baldwin led the charge down the stretch to take down the Ole Miss Rebels, 83-76. Photo by Jimmy Lafakis.
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In their first game against a Power 5 opponent this year, Butler faced Kermit Davis and a stingy Ole Miss team with hectic pressure that tested the Bulldogs.
If they don’t do better at handling this defensive pressure that’s all they’ll ever see. #Butler
— Blair “Deep Fried Giblets” McKee (@BlairDMckee) November 17, 2018
And the Rebel pressure even had Hinkle on the ropes for a bit.
Getting wild in here. Maybe not chippy, but almost.#Butler
— David Woods (@DavidWoods007) November 17, 2018
Paul Jorgensen exploded for a career-high 27 points including 21 in the first half.
PRINCE HARRY OF HARLEM ABSOLUTELY GOING OFF TONIGHT. Christian David with two monster triples too
— Ovid Butler (@Section_29) November 17, 2018
His 5 three pointers in the half had Butler fans wanting more.
I don’t want to live in a world where Pauly doesn’t heat check from literally wherever on this next possession.
— Shooter Flatch (@HinkleHangover) November 17, 2018
Despite the late run by Ole Miss, Butler pulled away with a 20-8 in the closing five minutes.
Unlike other Big East teams, Butler wins twice this week and preserves its non-conference home winning streak.
The streak stands at 46. 🐶 pic.twitter.com/WGF7ofYPVS
— Jimmy Lafakis (@JJLII30) November 17, 2018
The unquestioned turning point was when sophomore Christian David blocked 7-footer Dominik Olejniczak’s shot to spark a Butler run.
— Derek Cole (@D_Cole12) November 17, 2018
Considering his struggles with playing time in the first two contests, this was a breakthrough performance for him.
Christian David wants to win this game more than anyone in Hinkle right now.
— Thomas Petersen (@BU_NeonHat) November 17, 2018
Kamar Baldwin poured in a quiet 24 points, but in the end, it was Paulie’s night as he dribbled out the clock.
— Historic Hinkle (@ButlerWarSong) November 17, 2018
And his phone was BLOWING UP.
— Butler Basketball (@ButlerMBB) November 17, 2018
At the end of the day, a win is a win. And over an improving Power 5 team will give the Bulldogs confidence when they play another intense game later this season.
— Lukas Harkins (@hardwiredsports) November 17, 2018
And if the game is on Butler’s campus, give the home team the edge.
Hinkle Fieldhouse. The Ultimate X-Factor.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) November 17, 2018
As we look ahead to the rest of the non-conference schedule, this was a must-win if Butler wants to dance for the fifth straight year.
Not sure if Ole Miss is any good (they were picked to finish last in the SEC), but with the Bahamas trip, SLU, IU, and Florida all in road/neutrals, this was a non-conference game Butler needed to get.
— Derek Schultz (@Schultz975) November 17, 2018
Now, Butler students can enjoy these next few days on break with the satisfaction of a still-unbeaten Butler squad.
— Butler Blue III (@ButlerBlue3) November 17, 2018
They will next travel to the Bahamas to compete in the Battle 4 Atlantis holiday tournament. Their opening game is against the Dayton Flyers at 7 p.m. on ESPNEWS.