No. 9 Butler stays perfect at home with 92-54 win over IUPUI
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Kelan Martin scored 19 points and Roosevelt Jones had 17 points and five steals as No. 9 Butler routed crosstown rival IUPUI 92-54 on Monday night.
The Bulldogs (11-1) have won eight straight since a November loss to Miami. They are 7-0 at home this season.
IUPUI (4-11) was led by Darell Combs with 11 points and T.J. Henderson with 10, not nearly enough against Butler's up-tempo offense. The Jaguars have lost five of six and are 0-5 in this series, which began in 1997-98.
Butler never trailed but struggled to take control until using a 13-2 run late in the first half to extend the lead to 19 points.
And after making it 43-24 at halftime, the Bulldogs opened the second half on a 10-0 run to put it away.
It's the fifth time this season Butler has topped the 90-point mark.
Butler overcame a sluggish start to pick up its second-most lopsided victory of the season.
Though it took a while, the Bulldogs eventually made it look easy.
A quick seven-point scoring flurry midway through the first half gave Butler a 22-13 lead.
And when IUPUI couldn't take advantage of Butler's early shooting woes, it was only a matter of time until the Bulldogs pulled away.
A steal by Jones late in the first half led to Tyler Wideman's dunk and after starting the game with four straight errant 3-pointers, Jordan Gathers and Martin combined to make three straight to finish the 13-2 run that made it 41-22.
IUPUI never got close again.
Butler has been largely known in the past for running deliberate, effective offense. Not anymore. The Bulldogs entered Monday night's game with the second-highest scoring average in the nation (89.7 points) and ranked No. 11 nationally in scoring margin (plus-19.2 points). Monday night outcome will push those numbers a little higher.
Jaguars: IUPUI is 0-15 all-time against ranked teams since making the transition to Division I. ... The Jags have played 12 of 15 games on the road and have already logged more than 5,400 miles in travel. Monday's game will almost certainly be their shortest trip of the season, approximately 6 miles. ... IUPUI has been outscored 616-496 in the second half this season.
Bulldogs: Butler is off to its best start since 2008-09 when it was 19-1. ... Dunham was 2 of 11 from the field and is 7 for 46 in his last four games. ... The Bulldogs extended their non-conference home winning streak to 28 games. ... Butler had only two turnovers in the first half while forcing 10.
IUPUI visits South Dakota on Friday.
Butler hosts No. 12 Providence on Thursday.