Martin’s bench work leads Butler past Cincinnati 75-65
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Kelan Martin came off the bench to score 20 points Saturday and was the catalyst in two key second-half runs that sent No. 16 Butler past No. 22 Cincinnati 75-65.
The Bulldogs (9-1) rebounded from their first loss of the season by extending their home winning streak against non-conference opponents to 34 games.
Troy Caupain scored a season-high 22 points to lead the Bearcats (7-2) and Gary Clark added 16, also a season high.
The Bearcats spent most of the first half playing catch-up before tying the score at 35 on Caupain’s 3-pointer with about 1 second to go. They finally took a brief 38-37 lead in the second half and tied the score again at 39.
But Martin’s three-point play spurred a 14-4 run that gave Butler a 51-43 lead with 11:51 left. Martin followed that with six points in a 12-5 spurt, sealing the win.