INDIANAPOLIS - The Butler men's basketball team survived a last second shot and improved to 2-0 on the season with a 70-67 win over Princeton at Hinkle Fieldhouse Saturday night. The Bulldogs improved to 3-0 all time against Princeton.
"Anytime you get a win, you never apologize for the it," head coach Brandon Miller said. "We fought towards the end of the game and came up with the stop we needed. We celebrated in our locker room and sang the war song."
Sophomore Kellen Dunham led the team with 26 points, a new career high and his first 20 point performance. He shot 50 percent from behind the arc. Junior Kameron Woods scored 11 points and pulled down 10 rebounds, his first double-double of the season. Freshman guard Elijah Brown led the Bulldog bench with 13 points.
"He was very active on the glass," Miller said of Woods. "He hit the last field goal we made in the game when we needed a big bucket. He's got a great mind, he see's things happen and he covers up for mistakes."
Senior Erik Fromm scored 10 points before fouling out late in the second half. Three more Bulldogs were called for four personal fouls and 48 total fouls were called in the contest.
"We've done a pretty good job of playing defense without fouling," Miller said. "The game is being called differently. The rule changes are real."
Junior guard Alex Barlow led a strong defensive unit for Butler, coming up with two steals and two rebounds. Woods blocked on shot and Fromm and Dunham each stole twice.
"That's his strength, on the defensive end of the floor and he brings that to our team night in and night out," Miller said of Barlow.
Princeton trailed by two points, 69-67, in the closing seconds and turned to leading scorer Denton Koon. The 6-8 junior drove to the basket, but was stopped by Butler sophomore Devontae Morgan. Koon's shot rolled off the rim and was rebounded by Dunham, who was immediately fouled. The Butler sophomore made one of two free throws, setting up the visitors' last second halfcourt shot which came up short.
The Bulldogs shot 42 percent from the field on the night and 37 percent from the behind the arc. They scored 13 points off Princeton turnovers and outscored the Tigers in the paint.
Butler hosts Vanderbilt Tuesday night at 6 p.m. at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The game will be televised nationally on FOX Sports 1.
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