November 4, 2010

Butler Drops Hanover, 80-41, In Exhibition Game

INDIANAPOLIS, IND.. -- Junior Shelvin Mack scored a game-high 13 points and senior Matt Howard added a double-double to lead Butler to an 80-41 victory over visiting Hanover in an exhibition contest at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Thursday, Nov. 4.  The game was the final preseason test for the Bulldogs.

Howard hit a layup on Butler's first possession in the game and Mack nailed a three-point field goal on the second to give the Bulldogs an early 5-0 lead.  The Bulldogs went on to hit their first eight shots in the game, sparking a 21-5 opening run.  Hanover never got closer than 13 points for the rest of the contest.

"I was pleased with our energy and our focus.  I thought it was pretty good all the way through," said Butler head coach Brad Stevens after the game.  "We played a lot of different combinations, and I don't think it waned a whole lot with those different combinations in."

"We've got some things that we can obviously work on and get better, but for the most part a lot of guys got a lot of minutes and a lot of experience, and there's a lot of film to teach from, and that's kind of the goal of exhibition games."

Mack scored seven points in the first half and added six more in the second period, while playing a total of 19 minutes.  Howard finished with 12 points and a game-high 10 rebounds in 21 minutes.  Freshman Khyle Marshall came off the bench and added 11 points and six rebounds in 18 minutes.

Stevens used all 14 players, with only Howard playing more than 19 minutes.  Eleven different players cracked the scoring column.  Drake Hendricks led Hanover with seven points.

The Bulldogs, who defeated Florida Southern, 90-70, in their opening exhibition game, will begin the regular season at home on Saturday, Nov. 13, against Marian.  The season-opener at Hinkle Fieldhouse is scheduled for 2 p.m., and will feature the unveiling of Butler's 2010 Final Four banner.