Butler’s blowout road win at mediocre St. John’s on Saturday made for one really cool turn of events: Roosevelt Jones landed the program’s first triple-double in 32 years.
The do-it-all senior posted a career-best 14 boards in addition to 10 points and 10 assists in BU’s 89-56 win.
The last player to achieve the feat was Tim McRoberts, who achieve the feat on Feb. 20, 1984.
Butler is now 16-7, and believe it or not, Saturday’s win marked the first time the Bulldogs have put together back-to-back wins since December. They’re now 5-6 in the Big East, but with nonconference conquests over Cincinnati and Purdue, the Bulldogs are still in an OK spot when it comes to at-large consideration for the NCAA Tournament.
“Rose’s impact is on both ends of the court,” Butler coach Chris Holtmann said. “That’s a really rare accomplishment. We’ll go as far as our seniors take us. It’s their job to lead in practice and in games this time of year. They did that today.”
It’s a good bit of news for a program that’s been doused with such sadness in the past month. First, the passing of former Bulldog Andrew Smith, who died in January from leukemia at the age of 25. And earlier this week, one of Smith’s teammates, current Butler assistant coach Emerson Kampen lost his six-month-old son to a genetic disease.
Additionally, Kelan Martin had a game-high 18 points for BU, and Jordan Gathers had a personal-best 16 points in a Bulldogs uniform.