Saturday, November 13, 2010

Shelvin Mack's 20 Helps Butler Rout Marian 83-54

Posted by CoHoops DeAnte Mitchell
Once Gordon Hayward decided to leave for the NBA, nobody expected to see the Butler Bulldogs doing good anymore.

However, after today that is an afterthought. The Bulldogs made a statement in their season-opening win agains the Marian Knights 83-54.

Shelvin Mack, and Andrew Smith were the only Bulldogs in double-figures. Mack paced the Bulldogs with 20 points, four rebounds and three steals.

Smith added 10 points and four rebounds. Matt Howard nailed 3-of-4 field goals and came away with six points and seven rebounds.

Freshman Khyle Marshall made his Butler debut and accumulated nine points, three rebounds, and two blocks.

Overall, after a slow start by Butler things started picking up right before half. Mack, and Ronald Nored both made significant plays to put Butler up 42-28 at the half.

Nored was locked in on the defensive end coming away with four steals. Nored also got into the scoring column with five points, along with five assist, while turning the ball over once.

Butler as a team out-rebounded Marian 31-17, and forced 15 turnovers. Despite the slow start, Butler was able to overcome their sluggish first 15 minutes and come away with a 29-point victory.

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