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Martin scores 19; Butler beats Providence 69-54

February 17, 2018

Butler forward Kelan Martin (30) shoots over Providence guard Jalen Lindsey (21) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Indianapolis, Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Kelan Martin made three 3-pointers and scored 19 points and Butler ended a three-game losing streak with a 69-54 victory over Providence on Saturday.

Paul Jorgensen added 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting off the bench for the Bulldogs (18-10, 8-7).

Alpha Diallo had 11 points and nine rebounds for the Friars (17-10, 8-6), who shot just 30 percent and lost in their first game since beating No. 3 Villanova 76-71 on Wednesday. Maliek White also scored 11 points. Kyron Cartwright had two assists in becoming the third Friar in school history to reach 600 in a career.

The Friars led 35-33 at halftime but Butler opened the second half with a 14-2 run. Martin’s 3-pointer with 1:48 left gave the Bulldogs a double-digit lead for good and they made 7 of 8 free throws thereafter.

Butler outscored Providence 36-18 in the paint and had a 42-35 rebounding edge.

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