Despite trailing for most of the game Butler rallied to beat the Sydney Kings 82-76 on Thursday.
Butler was led by Erik Fromm with 18 points and 3 rebounds. Khyle Marshall added 14 points and 7 rebounds, while Kameron Woods had an impressive double-double with 11 points and 15 rebounds, including 7 offensive.
Woods helped Butler dominate the glass 46 to 29.
The Bulldogs shot just 42% from the floor, including 6/27 from 3-point range. They also converted on 12/18 free-throws.
"Our older guys, especially in the 4th, stayed with what we do," head coach Brandon Miller said. "We got away from that a little bit."
Kellen Dunham struggled for much of the day. He finished with 10 points, but shot just 5/22 from the floor and didn't connect on a 3-point shot (0/11).
The Kings were led by James Harvey, 20 points and 4 rebounds, as well as Brad Hill, 19 points and 6 rebounds. Tom Garlepp also had 18 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 blocks.
The Bulldogs trailed for much of the game after a slow start shooting. The Dawgs shot just 39% in the 1st half, including 5/16 from 3-point range, while allowing the Kings to shoot 46%.
The Bulldogs trailed by as many as 11.
It was a promising game for freshman Elijah Brown and Nolan Berry. Both looked very comfortable and aggressive. Berry grabbed a few impressive rebounds, while Brown looked very smooth and aggressive on offense. Each saw early minutes for the Dawgs.
Butler improved to 2-0 on their trip to Australia. They defeated the Norths Bears 77-65 on Tuesday.
Up next for the Bulldogs is the Australian National Team.
"Each game that we have played, we have the same goal, to get better," Miller said. "With each team brings new challenges, and I'm sure we will have a lot of challenges in the next game.
- Butler started with the lineup of Dunham, Alex Barlow, Woods, Marshall, and Fromm
- Playing in his second game back in Australia, Jackson Aldridge had a solid game with 11 points off the bench
- Devontae Morgan was also very active off the bench. He forced a couple turnovers on defense and even contributed on the offensive end and attacked the basket.
- Andrew Chrabascz had limited minutes again, but showed a glimpse of offensive talent as he had a driving layup in the 1st half.
- Miller on the trip so far, "Not only playing the games, I think that's a really small part of what we are doing here in Australia, going on those tours and spending time with those guys makes it really special. I want to be around our guys as much as I can."
-Butler's next game against the Australian National team will certainly be their toughest test. The team features some former college basketball talent including Luke Nevill (Utah), Cody Ellis (St. Louis), Patty Mills (St. Mary's), Mitch Young (St. Marys'), Matthew Dellavedova (St. Mary's), and A.J. Ogilvy (Vanderbilt)
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