First game back since losing the two final games in dramatic fashion during the 2013 Old Spice Classic, the Butler University Bulldogs redeemed themselves in a Butler-dominated win.
The Bulldogs hosted the University of North Dakota Saturday night. North Dakota exited Indianapolis with a tough loss 79-64, worsening their record to 2-5, while Butler improved to 6-2.
After losing two games by only two points last week in the Old Spice Classic, the Bulldogs did really have a turnaround game on Saturday.
On the court of a stereotypical electric atmosphere at Hinkle Fieldhouse, sophomore Kellen Dunham handled most of the scoring. He scored 29 points on the night. Senior Khyle Marshall assisted Dunham for the victory by collecting 21 points. As no surprise, the duo lifted the Bulldogs over North Dakota. Together, Marshall and Dunham combined for more than half of the points scored in the first half. Head coach Brandon Miller believed, “Kellen on the offensive end, and Khyle, really produced.”
Closing the first half, the Bulldogs streaked down the court for an 18-2 run. Leaving for half time, the team had a lengthy 39-22 lead over North Dakota.
Overall the Bulldogs commanded the style and flow of play. The team collected 44 rebounds over North Dakota’s 28. Kameron Woods, Marshall, and Andrew Chrabascz combined for half of the team’s rebounds. Chrabascz, a freshman, saw time on the court and capitalized on the opportunity. Junior Alex Barlow and Dunham together assisted on 8 of the Bulldog’s 13 assists. On the night, the Bulldogs concluded with a 51.8 field goal percentage – knocking 29 in of 56.
One thing I must point out is the amount of turnovers Butler had. A total of 17 turnovers, fortunately only left 15 points off turnovers for North Dakota. This is something crucial that did not really affect the outcome of this particular game, but will be evident against tougher competitors down the road.
Butler heads into Monday, Dec. 9, with a game against Manchester (Indiana) being played at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Tune into Fox Sports 1 at 8:00 p.m. to watch the non-conference game.