Butler vs UC Irvine: Social media recap

After Aaron Thompson’s career-high 18 points on Dec. 18, he dished out a team-high seven assists in Butler’s 71-54 win over UC Irvine. Photo by Jimmy Lafakis.

DREW SANDIFER | STAFF REPORTER | dsandife@butler.edu

As Butler’s last home game of the calendar year, it only made sense to welcome the winter season with the most popular figure in the program for his birthday. It’s not Kamar Baldwin or Coach Jordan, try Trip!

And the team celebrated with the debut of some sweet-looking alternate uniforms.

It was immediately evident that sophomore Jordan Tucker was getting more comfortable with his role on the team.

And he proved that he will contribute to where this team ends up come March.

After scoring a combined nine points in the past two games, senior Paul Jorgensen seemed to nix his slump with a team-leading 19 points.

All eyes were on Aaron Thompson, too, to see how he would play after his 18 point breakout performance on Tuesday.

Another storyline from tonight was the debut of freshman Bryce Golden. He played mostly when the game was out of reach but nevertheless was good to see him out there and get some run.

In fact, this was a perfect game for Coach LaVall Jordan to experiment with all types of lineups to see what clicked.

At the end of the day, this was no cupcake. UC Irvine had taken down March Madness regulars like Texas A&M and Saint Mary’s this year, but Butler was not about to let their home non-conference winning streak end tonight. That streak will survive yet another season.

Butler basketball gets a bit of a break for the Christmas holiday as their next game is not until Dec. 29th, where they will travel to Gainesville, Florida to take on the Florida Gators. The game will tip at 4 p.m. and air on ESPNU.