NCAAB Game Recap - Creighton at Butler
Sat Jan 4, 2020 12:00 PM EST

Pepp
70
Gonz
75
F
Duke
95
Mia-FL
62
F
WVU
53
Kansas
60
F
Oreg
69
Utah
64
F
Tex
44
Baylor
59
F
FlaSt
78
Lou
65
F
Aub
80
MisSt
68
F
UGA
65
Mem
62
F
Vill
60
Marq
71
F
Crei
57
Butl
71
F
SDSU
77
UtSt
68
F
Ind
59
MD
75
F
Mizzu
59
KY
71
F
VaTec
39
UVA
65
F
Iowa
86
PSU
89
F
OkSt
50
TxTch
85
F
Miss
54
WichSt
74
F
AzSt
47
Ariz
75
F
LSU
78
Tenn
64
F
Wake
69
Pitt
65
F
Akr
69
E MI
45
F
NCSU
70
Clem
81
F
Wyo
61
ColSt
72
F
KansSt
61
Okla
66
F
FaDi
77
Bry
73
F
Samf
78
VMI
75
F
UMassL
86
UMBC
73
F(OT)
WCU
86
Citad
82
F
Seatt
86
ChiSt
54
F
UConn
60
SoFL
75
F
Morg
81
DelSt
68
F
Prov
66
DeP
65
F
LongI
73
MtStM
82
F(2OT)
N TX
67
Marsh
64
F
UCIrv
73
Harv
77
F
UNH
52
Hartfo
61
F
GASt
72
CoCar
74
F
MiaO
82
CenMI
93
F
Winth
87
Campbl
72
F
NIU
73
Buff
72
F
TxSt
70
ArkSt
67
F
SthAL
49
ULMo
69
F
AbCh
74
Lamar
62
F
TexAr
89
ArkLR
92
F
USC-Up
73
Longw
56
F
Presb
68
GWebb
62
F
YSU
74
Clev
82
F
TNTec
72
MorSt
83
F
StFPA
93
CenCT
69
F
ETSU
56
Furm
65
F
Cin
71
Tul
76
F
ND
88
Syr
87
F
GaSo
72
App
74
F
MTSt
53
S UT
59
F
McNee
69
CenAR
79
F
IlSt
55
SIU
67
F
RobM
69
(N/A)
58
F
Albany
74
Bingha
62
F
Lib
65
NJIT
38
F
W&M
66
NE
64
F
MidTN
62
Charl
68
F
Elon
75
Hof
102
F
UTEP
56
FlAtl
59
F
JacSt
80
E KY
71
F
JMU
69
Charl
85
F
How
66
MD-ES
78
F
FlaAM
45
NCC
61
F
NFla
81
N AL
65
F
SeLA
84
TXAMC
80
F
Stetsn
57
KennSt
54
F
HiPt
62
Radf
73
F
Chat
70
Mercer
61
F
Ohio
65
W MI
77
F
SCSt
79
Copp
75
F
TN-M
63
APSU
82
F
USD
63
SCla
80
F
Rice
61
W Ky
68
F
SoMis
50
LaTec
78
F
PorSt
69
E WA
71
F
W IL
56
SDSt
91
F
E IL
55
Belm
87
F
ArkPB
80
MsVl
76
F
(N/A)
75
CSNor
109
F
IaSt
79
TCU
81
F(OT)
GaTec
96
UNC
83
F
Bois
66
Nev
83
F
Web
64
NoAZ
72
F
IndSt
76
Drake
80
F
Alab
98
Fla
104
F(2OT)
SIU-E
74
TNSt
79
F
AlSt
67
JackSt
70
F
ChaSo
85
Hamp
92
F
Alc
70
PVAM
84
F
BethC
72
Norf
85
F
Nich
70
SamH
58
F
AlaAM
60
Gram
70
F
Lipsco
61
FlGlf
68
F
UNCG
92
Woff
98
F(2OT)
UCLA
71
WaSt
79
F(OT)
SJSU
64
Fres
79
F
Valpa
81
Evans
79
F(OT)
TexAM
59
Ark
69
F
SacHr
81
Merrim
74
F
Princ
78
Penn
64
F
UAB
52
OlDom
58
F
Tows
67
UNCW
60
F
TexSA
83
FlInt
90
F(OT)
SFA
87
NOrl
68
F
CSLA
60
LongB
76
F
SDCh
51
UCRiv
89
F
Oral
67
NebOm
74
F
Troy
62
ULLa
79
F
Brad
64
NrthIA
69
F
UtVal
63
UMKC
68
F
MOSt
58
LoyIL
62
F
SEMO
59
Murr
81
F
Mont
66
N CO
74
F
LoyMa
38
BYU
63
F
SMU
92
Vand
81
F(OT)
South
68
TXSo
77
F
GrCan
62
CSBak
69
F
NMSt
86
CBap
71
F
USF
65
Portl
76
F
StMar
99
Pacif
107
F(4OT)
AF
59
UNLV
71
F
IdaSt
49
Sac
68
F

Butler 71, Creighton 57

Jan 4, 2020, 12:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Creighton (12-3)

24

33

57

(11) Butler (14-1)

34

37

71

No. 11 Butler, behind Kamar Baldwin, tops Creighton 71-57
Sat Jan 4, 2020 3:39 PM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Kamar Baldwin spent the first half Saturday adapting to Creighton's defense. He spent the second half shredding it.

The senior guard overcame an ankle injury and a rugged start to score 20 points in the final 20 minutes, leading No. 11 Butler to a 71-57 victory over Creighton.

"Just keep shooting, get to my spots," said Baldwin about adjusting after missing his first nine shots. "It was about not forcing it, playing within the offense."

Clearly, the Bulldogs (14-1, 2-0 Big East) needed their top scorer to play well against one of the nation's highest scoring teams.

But until an hour before tip-off, it wasn't even clear if Baldwin would play after leaving Tuesday night's conference opener in a walking boot.

So when he finished the first half with a stat line that read 0 for 9 from the field, 0 for 3 on 3-pointers, zero points, one foul and two turnovers, it seemed he had a built-in excuse. Apparently, the injury wasn't the issue.

"I think he was just adjusting to how they were playing," Butler coach LaVall Jordan said. "Everyone is going to have a different game plan for him and so it's a matter of adjusting."

Creighton's approach was to run extra defenders at Baldwin, opening things up for the rest of the Bulldogs.

Sean McDermott took advantage by steadying Butler during a slow start. He finished with 18 points and a career high 11 rebounds.

Derrik Smits, the son of former Indiana Pacers star Rik Smits, also pitched in by making back-to-back baskets before spotting Henry Baddley slicing in for a dunk to start a 14-3 run that gave Butler a 24-12 lead midway through the first half. The Bulldogs never trailed again.

But when Creighton coach Greg McDermott tried to slow down the other McDermott, who is no relation, in the second half, Baldwin reasserted himself and stymied every run the Bluejays (12-3, 1-1) made.

When they cut the deficit to 43-38 with 14:43 left, Baldwin scored on a layup. When the Bluejays finally pulled within four with 9:18 to go, Baldwin answered with his only 3 of the game. And then Baldwin closed it out by scoring seven of Butler's last 11 points - snapping Creighton's eight-game winning streak.

"McDermott gives them the lead in the first half when Baldwin was struggling," Greg McDermott said. "Then in the second half, we did a better job on McDermott and Baldwin gets away from us.""

BIG PICTURE

Creighton: The high-scoring offense struggled, largely because of the Bluejays' inability to create good shots off of ball movement in the first half. And when that didn't work, Creighton's players couldn't create their own shots. The Bluejays were better in the second half but must continue improving to contend in a strong Big East.

Butler: This team doesn't rely exclusively - or even primarily - on 3-point shooting anymore. Instead, the Bulldogs are willing to grind out wins however they must. They don't give up many good shots and have just enough scoring balance to create headaches for opponents. The combination has allowed the Bulldogs to win five straight and move within three spots of matching their highest ranking in school history.

STAT SHEET

Creighton: Finished with its second-lowest scoring total of the season and its lowest scoring half, 24 in the first half, all season. ... Creighton shot 38.9% from the field, as just 4 of 22 on 3s and committed 13 turnovers. ... The Bluejays are 1-5 all-time against Butler when scoring fewer than 72 points. ... Ty-Shon Alexander finished with 11 points, seven rebounds and four assists.

Butler: Baldwin wound up 7 of 22 from the field and 1 of 8 on 3s with three rebounds, one assist and two turnovers. ... It has held 11 of 15 opponents to fewer than 60 points this season. ... Aaron Thompson had 10 points and Bryce Nze added nine points and seven rebounds. ... The Bulldogs have allowed 18.2 points in the first half of their last five games.

QUOTABLE

Creighton: "I've watched a lot of basketball over the 37 years I've been doing this and there aren't many teams I've seen as connected, on both ends of the floor, as they are," McDermott said.

Butler: "I keep telling these guys I'm waiting for us to play well for 40 minutes," Jordan said. "I think we're getting closer."

UP NEXT

Creighton's McDermott will try to pick up win No. 500 Tuesday when the Bluejays host No. 10 Villanova.

Butler hopes to keep its winning streak intact at Providence on Friday.

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Leaders

Creighton PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
K. Jones 0 0 0 1 0 0
S. Mitchell 0 0 0 0 0 0
Butler PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
C. David 0 0 1 0 0 0
B. Golden 0 0 0 2 0 0

Team Comparison

Crei Butl
Points For 57 71
Field Goals 21/54-39% 28/61-46%
Three Pointers 4/22-18% 6/19-32%
Free Throws 11/16-69% 9/16-56%
Offensive Rebounds 4 7
Defensive Rebounds 27 29
Rebounds 32 38
Blocks 1 2
Steals 1 3
Turnovers 13 7
Personal Fouls 18 18
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Butl Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Sat Jan 4 Crei 57 @ Butl 71 M. Ballock 6 H. Baddley 2

Game Information

Stadium: Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
Attendance: 9,129
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