Butler hands St. John's 10th consecutive defeat 70-45

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Butler hands St. John's 10th consecutive defeat 70-45
Butler forward Kelan Martin (30) drives against St. John's guard Justin Simon (5) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Indianapolis, Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Kelan Martin scored 19 points and Butler handed St. John’s its 10th straight loss, 70-45, on Saturday.

Martin scored 13 points and Kamar Baldwin 10 in the first half when the Bulldogs (15-7, 5-4 Big East) made 8 of 17 3-pointers and took a 37-15 lead after the Red Storm (10-12, 0-10) shot just 18.5 percent before finishing at 29 percent.

Martin made four 3-pointers and Paul Jorgensen, with 13 points, three. Baldwin added 12 points. Tyler Wideman’s 11 boards led a 42-32 rebounding advantage.

Tariq Owens scored 13 points, the only St. John’s player in double figures. The Red Storm made just 5 of 21 3-point tries.

St. John’s dropped seven of its nine previous conference games by seven points or fewer but was quickly out of this one. Butler opened on a 17-2 run and St. John’s didn’t get closer than 19 in the second half.