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Providence puts Butler away early in 71-55 win

Bulldogs lose on the road
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Posted at 7:19 PM, Dec 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-30 19:30:47-05

PROVIDENCE — It's hard to come back from a 17-point halftime deficit and Butler just didn't have the muscle to do it Wednesday in a Big East game at Providence.

The Bulldogs, who battled offensive and defensive troubles all night, scored just 18 first half points, giving the Friars a 35-18 lead. Butler could never mount a second half comeback.

Butler was a different team just one week ago at Hinkle Fieldhouse, coming away with a 70-64 win. But playing on the road, the Bulldogs shot just 34% for the game while Providence hit 58% of its shots.

Guard Jair Bolden led Butler with 15-points. Friar guard David Duke just missed a triple-double, finishing with 22-points, 13-rebounds and eight assists.

The Bulldogs are now 2-4 while Providence is 7-3.