December 9, 2013

Bulldogs Cruise to Non-Conference Win

INDIANAPOLIS - The Butler men's basketball team rolled to a 100-41 victory over visiting Manchester University Monday night at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The victory was Butler's largest margin of victory since 1921.

Sophomore Kellen Dunham led the team in scoring, finishing with 15 points. Senior Khyle Marshall contributed 14, freshman Rene Castro scored 12 and junior Kameron Woods finished with 11.

"I thought our guys played Butler basketball from start to finish," head coach Brandon Miller.

Every Butler player registered minutes in the contest, with 11 playing at least 10 minutes. On the night, the Bulldogs shot 63 percent from the field and 52 percent from behind the arc. 

"It was good to see a lot of different guys play," Miller said. "Saw a lot of different combinations in terms of guys playing together."

Senior Erik Fromm led the team with seven rebounds to go along with seven points. Junior Alex Barlow scored five points and dished out three assists. 

Freshmen Elijah Brown and Nolan Berry both played productive minutes off the bench. Brown finished with nine points and four rebounds and Berry had eight points and six rebounds.

"Elijah made some shots, but on top of that he made plays," Miller said. "We shared the ball tonight. I thought we played together on the offensive end of the floor."

Butler improves to 7-2 on the season. Butler gave up only four field goals in the second half.

The last time Butler beat a team by a larger margin was in 1921-22, when the Bulldogs topped Indiana Law School, 82-14.

The Bulldogs have four days to prepare for a match-up with Purdue on Saturday in the third annual Crossroads Classic at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Butler tips at 6 p.m. The Indiana Hoosiers meet Notre Dame at 3:15 p.m. earlier that afternoon.

Contact: Matt Rhinesmith (mrhinesm@butler.edu)