Kamar Baldwin runs down the court in Butler’s loss on Saturday. Photo by Jimmy Lafakis.
DREW SANDIFER | STAFF REPORTER | firstname.lastname@example.org
In their first true road game of the nonconference schedule, Butler looked to pick up a quality win in a unfriendly environment against the Saint Louis Billikens.
The game started off well for the Bulldogs as they took a 21-13 lead, but the offensive success would quickly turn into a struggle.
Butler’s two leading scorers were not able to put the ball in the basket and it cost the Bulldogs.
Kamar Baldwin is 1-of-13, Paul Jorgensen 2-of-11.
That is all.#Butler
— David Woods (@DavidWoods007) December 1, 2018
— Ovid Butler (@Section_29) December 1, 2018
Butler did have some shots to get within striking distance, but SLU was able to hit some ridiculous shots at the end of shot clocks to keep them ahead for good.
It is just that kind of night. SLU is knocking down deep desperation threes and Butler cannot get an open look to drop. This is rough.
— Lukas Harkins (@hardwiredsports) December 1, 2018
Butler finished 18-of-64 from the field for the game, good for 28 percent. Kamar Baldwin shot three-for-17. Paul Jorgensen shot two-for-13. Nate Fowler shot one-for-five. Henry Baddley shot two-for-seven. Sean McDermott hit four threes in the first 14+ minutes, but finished four-for-12 from the field.
I swear! https://t.co/ip99rPVfQf
— Barstool Butler (5-1) (@BarstoolButler) December 2, 2018
Butler had layup after layup that seemed to roll around the rim and weren’t able to fall.
CAN WE MAKE A LAYUP!
— Shooter Flatch (@HinkleHangover) December 1, 2018
Lay up lines this week
— Jake Jurgen (@Jakejurg11) December 1, 2018
The Billikens keyed in on Baldwin and seemingly the whole team’s offense rhythm was interrupted.
We’re awfully close to hoping for jordan tucker being an offensive savior and that’s bad news
— Victory Firelight (@ButlerVictory) December 1, 2018
In the team’s seemingly only brightspot of the night, Aaron Thompson shot five-for-six from the field and finished with 11 points and played with an impressive energy that seemed lost from the rest of the team.
At the end of the day, a loss is a loss, but this won’t end Butler’s season. Bulldog fans should not expect another performance like this.
This game is such an anomaly for Butler. Can’t buy a bucket and very sloppy with the ball. Don’t really think we’ll see Dawgs play like this regularly
— Ari Kasle (@AKasle_BU) December 1, 2018
Marathon, not a sprint.
There’s a whole lot of basketball left to be played this season.
— Jimmy Lafakis (@JJLII30) December 2, 2018
Butler now returns home for the first time in four contests. They will play Brown in what will begin Butler’s round of tune-up matches. They certainly have plenty to work on.
Saint Louis 64, Butler 52.
Dawgs return to action Wednesday night at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
— Butler Basketball (@ButlerMBB) December 2, 2018
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