Butler senior Roosevelt Jones made history over the weekend with the program’s first triple-double in 32 years, notching 10 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists in the Bulldogs’ dominant 33-point win at St. John’s on Saturday. Jones followed that up with a fantastic second-half performance at Seton Hall on Wednesday, giving Butler a 2-0 record on this road swing and fourth win in five games.
Isaiah Whitehead nearly set the net on fire in the first half with seven 3-pointers, but he was 0 for 6 after the break thanks to a focused effort from Jones and the Bulldogs.
“[Jones] means so much. I thought our seniors really carried us in the second half. I really challenged them at halftime, I didn’t think they brought enough,” Butler coach Chris Holtmann told Fox Sports after the game. “We’re going to go as far as our seniors go.”
Whitehead’s performance deserves a quick moment to appreciate it, and thankfully Seton Hall provided the great opporutnity with this supercut of his seven treys.
HERE THEY ARE! All 7 three’s from a wild first half out of @IsaiahW_15! Watch the 2nd half on @FS1! #ZBeastMode https://t.co/7oRmw8V2BF
— Seton Hall MBB (@SetonHallMBB) February 11, 2016
Kelan Martin got it done at the free throw line and led Butler with 23 points but it was Jones who got the call with less than 30 seconds left.
Roosevelt Jones (@rozayyjones210 TOUGH, CLUTCH bucket for @ButlerMBB late in the 2nd half. #BIGEAST https://t.co/a4hrG89UVp
— FS1 (@FS1) February 11, 2016
With the win, Butler is now 6-6 in Big East play and looking more and more like a team that can make it into the field of 68. Heading into Wednesday night’s game, Jerry Palm had both Seton Hall and Butler in his projected bracket but the Bulldogs were very much on the bubble. Now Butler has a good road win against a tournament team and an incredible opportunity to keep this run going with Xavier coming to Indianapolis on Saturday.