Senior forward Pete Campbell scored a game-high 20 points and 10 other Butler players cracked the scoring column to lead Butler to an 83-49 victory over Marian College in an exhibition basketball game at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Saturday, Nov. 3. The game was the final preseason tuneup for the Bulldogs, who open the regular season on Nov. 9.
The Bulldogs, playing their second game in 48 hours, used a stingy first-half defense to build a 34-20 halftime lead. Butler then turned up the heat at the offensive end and scored 49 second-half points to put the game out of reach.
Butler jumped to a 6-0 lead and led by 10, 13-3, nine minutes into the game. The Bulldogs did stretch the margin to 17 points, 29-12, on a dunk by sophomore Willie Veasley, but Marian responded with a 7-0 run to close within nine, 29-20, with 1:44 left in the first period. That was as close as the Knights would get.
The Bulldogs opened a 20-point margin four minutes into the second half and a 30-point advantage with 11 minutes to go in the game. Head coach Brad Stevens used all 14 available players on the roster.
"The goal was to get better, and I thought we got a bit better as the game went on, and hopefully we can carry that into preparation for the start of the real season now," said Butler first-year head coach Brad Stevens, whose team defeated Saint Joseph's 75-50 in an exhibition game on Thursday (Nov. 1).
The Bulldogs did commit an uncharacteristic 12 turnovers in the first half of the game.
"We were trying to make plays that weren't necessarily there," noted Stevens. "I thought we adjusted and we had just four turnovers in the second half."
Campbell scored 12 of his 20 points in the second half. He hit four of six three-point field goal attempts in the final 20 minutes and six of nine for the game. Guard A. J. Graves added 15 points and freshman Matt Howard chipped in with 13. The Bulldogs shot 56% for the game.
Freshman Anthony Furlin, from Hamilton Southeastern High School, led the Knights with 14 points, while freshman Brandon Callahan added 13.
Butler will open the regular season at Ball State. The game is slated for 7 p.m. (ET) at Worthen Arena.